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Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:36 am
by TCRanch
So here I am, venting because sometimes things go wrong despite your best efforts. In the past 4 weeks we had a 2 month old steer calf die of pneumonia. Treated him 4 times over the course of 3 weeks with Resflor Gold, Draxxin, Banamine, Sustain, Vit B Complex and drenched him with electrolytes numerous times. Couldn't save him. Had a 2 month old heifer calf that was with the herd and nursing but looked a little scoury so treated her with LA300, Sustain and drenched with electrolytes. Temp was normal but the thermometer came out bloody, was dead the next morning. Buzzards had her almost picked clean by the time we found her so couldn't have her posted but our vet is fairly certain it was a clostridial disease. The next week one of our older cows calved - and stepped on her calf's head. Lost one of my favorite first calf heifers to lightning 2 nights ago. Her heifer calf is 3 months old and I've started her on cubes before I let her re-join the herd.

But wait, there's more. Yesterday I about freaked when I saw one of my fave 6 year old cows with bulging eyes. Vet is fairly certain it's lymphoma but waiting on results of the blood tests. No other lymph nodes are swollen, temp is normal, healthy appetite and poo, just freakishly huge eyes. We lost a cow a few years ago to lymphoma and have since changed our protocol to using only disposable needles/syringes but it's possible she's had it for a while and just now showing symptoms.

What else can possibly go wrong? :cry2:

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Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 11:44 am
by M-5
tough month , and it sucks sometimes but don't ask what else can go wrong cause sometimes you get a dose of it . Sorry for your bad luck.

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:00 pm
by callmefence
Sorry to hear it tc. Trouble definitely comes in bunches. Keep on keeping on

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:17 pm
by cowgirl8
So sorry...sounds like my last year....This year is going pretty smoothly. We did lose our annual calf to a accident. We almost always loose on calf to an accident and not the same kind of accident. Lightning, falling tree, snake bite and this year was a heifer (we are guessing) crushed by a bull and cow breeding. She was pushed through a fence and crawled till she died. Not a small calf either, maybe 300 pounds...Hang in there, next year will be better..

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:30 pm
by Nesikep
Wow, that's really tough... If you look at the numbers, my season has been pretty good, I did lose 1 cow.. but it had to be my BEST cow... so that really put a damper on it.. Her orphan calf has a couple mommas he steals from, and despite being short of milk, he is growing alright and outdoing some first-timer's calves

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:48 pm
by TennesseeTuxedo
What else can possibly go wrong? :cry2:

I learned a long time ago to NEVER, EVER, ask that question. The answer is not good.

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:34 pm
by TCRanch
You're right - asking that question will prob kick me in the a$$. :deadhorse: :) Thanks for the support!

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:05 pm
by Workinonit Farm
So sorry to hear of all of the crap going on. :frowns: When it rains it pours. I hope you're done with the bad, for a long, long time. Good luck with the pop-eyed cow.

And I learned, a loooong time ago, NEVER to ask what else, what more, etc. :|

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:05 pm
by MRRherefords
So sorry to hear about your month. Hard to believe it sometimes, but there is almost always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:36 pm
by skyhightree1
TCRanch wrote:So here I am, venting because sometimes things go wrong despite your best efforts. In the past 4 weeks we had a 2 month old steer calf die of pneumonia. Treated him 4 times over the course of 3 weeks with Resflor Gold, Draxxin, Banamine, Sustain, Vit B Complex and drenched him with electrolytes numerous times. Couldn't save him. Had a 2 month old heifer calf that was with the herd and nursing but looked a little scoury so treated her with LA300, Sustain and drenched with electrolytes. Temp was normal but the thermometer came out bloody, was dead the next morning. Buzzards had her almost picked clean by the time we found her so couldn't have her posted but our vet is fairly certain it was a clostridial disease. The next week one of our older cows calved - and stepped on her calf's head. Lost one of my favorite first calf heifers to lightning 2 nights ago. Her heifer calf is 3 months old and I've started her on cubes before I let her re-join the herd.

But wait, there's more. Yesterday I about freaked when I saw one of my fave 6 year old cows with bulging eyes. Vet is fairly certain it's lymphoma but waiting on results of the blood tests. No other lymph nodes are swollen, temp is normal, healthy appetite and poo, just freakishly huge eyes. We lost a cow a few years ago to lymphoma and have since changed our protocol to using only disposable needles/syringes but it's possible she's had it for a while and just now showing symptoms.

What else can possibly go wrong? :cry2:

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im sorry about your run of bad luck.. I hope it gets better but agree with m5 never say what else.

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:23 pm
by wbvs58
TC, is it both eyes bulging? Can she chew OK and open the mouth without pain?

Yeh $hit happens, just gotta ride it through but that doesn't help the pain, sorry about things. Only comfort is that all those things you can't really blame yourself or management.

Ken

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:18 pm
by TCRanch
wbvs58 wrote:TC, is it both eyes bulging? Can she chew OK and open the mouth without pain?

Yeh $hit happens, just gotta ride it through but that doesn't help the pain, sorry about things. Only comfort is that all those things you can't really blame yourself or management.

Ken

Yes, it's both eyes but the right one is protruding more, has more red "stuff" showing. Not cancer eye, there are no lesions. I read about iodine deficiencies and even potentially glaucoma, mentioned both to our vet but he's fairly certain it's lymphoma. The cow we lost a few years ago was born in '07, this cow was born in '11, we switched to disposable needles/syringes probably two years ago. No other cattle have exhibited symptoms and none other posted as BLV positive. Vector transmission is possible but unlikely and we don't de-horn, the vet tattoos/palps, we don't brand or AI. And yes, not only can she chew/no mouth pain or sores, she's a solid 1700 lbs, hasn't lost condition and has (always!) a ravenous appetite - loaded her easily in the trailer with cubes. WTH?
Kevette

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:49 pm
by talltimber
Never heard of it, keep us posted on any additional info. Sorry for your run of bad luck. Hang in there.

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:56 pm
by gizmom
Sorry for your run of bad, I hope things turn around for you..

gizmom

Re: Worst month ever!

Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 4:07 am
by wbvs58
With no pain and bilateral it does sound like something more systemic like lymphoma TC

Ken