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What are these sores?

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:00 pm
by Onthefunnyfarm
Hi, I'm new been working with cattle for only 3 years & have 4 pet steers. One has these terrible sores, their large raised oval shaped & on day 3 became crusty. Only on his neck.. Had the vet come out & no help. Does anyone have any idea at to what these sores are?
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Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:34 pm
by dun
Look like fly bites to me. If the hair pulls out easily maybe rain scald.

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:57 pm
by Onthefunnyfarm
Thanks dun. I couldn't find much on cattle, but did on horses & this looks like hives. Hives more than likely caused by fly bites. I'm amazed two vets that specialize in cattle were both clueless as to what they are.
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Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:23 am
by dun
I may not be right or even close.

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:01 am
by Brute 23
I always thought they were associated with flies or lice. If I see them I spray the cattle and they usually go away.

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:18 am
by dieselbeef
that's like ringworm but I forget what its called....I treated mine with a 25% bleach and it was gone in a week..then retreat a week later...they lose their hair and look awful but get it before the skin falls off is a lot better...they will lose skin on their legs once it gets going too..they look awful. I just went thru that in a seriously wet spell here too

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:22 am
by dieselbeef
that's like ringworm some kind of fungus but I forget what its called....I treated mine with a 25% bleach and it was gone in a week..then retreat a week later...ya gotta soak em pretty good. ..capcan..I think..some kinda copper plant spray works too but is expensive ..they lose their hair and look awful but get it before the skin falls off is a lot better...they will lose skin on their legs once it gets going too..they look awful. I just went thru that in a seriously wet spell here too

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:59 am
by dun
dieselbeef wrote:that's like ringworm some kind of fungus but I forget what its called....I treated mine with a 25% bleach and it was gone in a week..then retreat a week later...ya gotta soak em pretty good. ..capcan..I think..some kinda copper plant spray works too but is expensive ..they lose their hair and look awful but get it before the skin falls off is a lot better...they will lose skin on their legs once it gets going too..they look awful. I just went thru that in a seriously wet spell here too

Sounds to me like you had what we've always called rain scald. Don;t know what it really is, that's just what we called it becuase of the wet weather that preceded it.

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:12 am
by Onthefunnyfarm
I appreciate all the advise!

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:53 am
by slick4591

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 10:23 am
by dun
Dam, rain scald is simpler and I can remember that. Still looks like fly bites to me though.

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:05 am
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
I would have guessed bites/hives also.

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:50 am
by dieselbeef
they did to me too til they started to peel that's why it took me til they looked real bad to get after it...soon as those bumps come they need the bleach

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:20 pm
by Onthefunnyfarm
Well these hives are contagious too, my other guy Buster has a few on his neck today. Bust out the bleach & non steroid antinflamtory shot should help too.

Re: What are these sores?

Posted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 3:18 pm
by dun
Onthefunnyfarm wrote:Well these hives are contagious too, my other guy Buster has a few on his neck today. Bust out the bleach & non steroid antinflamtory shot should help too.

I seriously doubt if they are getting them from one another