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Calf Calm

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:10 am
by lesliejane
Has anyone had a NEGATIVE experience with Calf Calm?

My daughters steer was a little bit nervous at check in for our fair. Has been a sweetie at home and at another outing the previous weekend. But our 4H leader suggested getting him on calf calm so he could settle in. So we did. Each morning he seemed fairly himself and by each afternoon he was nutty....each day got progressively worse and by the 4th day he was borderline completely NUTS. So the 5th day I gave him nothing and he was completely fine.....the only common demoninator was calf calm....so I spoke to a couple other cattle people at our fair and they told me they have heard of it having an opposite effect....can others share more info with me?

Thank you!

Re: Calf Calm

Posted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:20 pm
by Fire Sweep Ranch
We used it a few times on a heifer that liked to "drive" our daughter while in the show ring. She would get bored of standing, and just push her forward and walk out of position. We got the best, calming results after 2 hours, and she never got wild. She just mellowed out. No bad effects.

Re: Calf Calm

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:16 am
by VCC
Try melatonin, start with about 60mg (20-3mg tablets) give it to him every evening for a week and see if he is not calmer, if it helps a little but not enough, increase it to 30-3mg tablets, (this is the amount used for hair growth it won’t hurt him) It will take the edge off one, it is not a drug, it is not tested for and can help on the right calves. If it does work, you can just start him on it a couple days prior to the show, and then take him off of it when you get back home until the next show.

We get it at Wallmart, you can try feeding it in the tablet form but some calves will just eat around them, if that is the case you may have to grind them up first.

As far as calf calm, I think it works on the kids more than the calves; they relax when they know it has been given to the calf which helps the calf relax. I have seen it work on calves just not all of them, the melatonin seems to work more often.

Re: Calf Calm

Posted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:31 am
by txffamom
We used it a couple years ago and it seemed to work from around the 2-4 hour mark, then normal bad behaviors resumed. The only thing I saw negative is the heifer would get loose stool afterwards, but that could have also been from the stress of traveling and showing. Once she had a little experience under her belt, she stayed calm and no longer needed it.

Re: Calf Calm

Posted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:49 pm
by gabbyellepaige
I used it on my heifer when i showed and it really had no effect at all. My friends used it as well and got no results, its more of a reassuring calm for the showman than anything I feel.

Re: Calf Calm

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:57 pm
by polledbull
some use Ace Promizine , RX drug