Sick calf

  • Sick calf

    Posted by Flygirl on July 18, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    Hi all, I bought three calves at a livestock action, mid June . Two are thriving, one is not.

    Seems like he has a hard time trying to eat?

    Any ideas?

    Flygirl replied 11 months, 1 week ago 4 Members · 8 Replies
  • 8 Replies
  • Drake-Farms

    Member
    July 18, 2023 at 11:18 pm

    How big are the calves? Do they have runny noses? What feed are you offering?

    • Flygirl

      Member
      July 18, 2023 at 11:29 pm

      Yes, runny noses but not horrible, even the healthy ones have a bit if a runny nose.

      I’m giving them Timothy and orchard grass here that was just bailed a week ago. Giving the sick half oats, mixed with sweet cob and a little molasses. Feeding him about 3 cups every two hours.

    • Flygirl

      Member
      July 18, 2023 at 11:30 pm

      They are 5 to 6 months old

    • Flygirl

      Member
      July 18, 2023 at 11:33 pm

      I have also does Tim with ivermectin Pour On and getting him 3 tablespoons of diatomaceous earth a day.

    • Flygirl

      Member
      July 18, 2023 at 11:33 pm

      Dosed him

  • PackersRboss

    Member
    July 19, 2023 at 12:35 am

    Call a Vet

  • Drake-Farms

    Member
    July 19, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Get a hold of your local vet. Bet they need a round of antibiotics for BRD/shipping fever. It’s a respiratory virus that was probably picked up in the sale barn.

    When I buy from a sale barn I stop at the vet on the way home and they get a shot that evening or the next morning. Then they are monitored and quarantined for 10-14 days. Resflor is what my local vet usually prescribes. Follow the label and residue will be out of their system in a few weeks. Well before slaughter or resale.

    Weigh their feed. Shoot for 1-2% of body weight. Buying a feed from a Local mill that has a known protein and fat content is what I would recommend. Also get something with a vitamin pack and offer a mineral/salt supplement either mixed with feed or free choice. I like commodity feeds not pelleted. Cheaper and seem to eat it better. TSC is too expensive to feed calves on. Their feed conversions aren’t good enough for that gold.

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