New calf with bad legs

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New calf with bad legs

Postby pricefarm » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:47 pm

Got a new calf that was born last night. It's front legs are messed up. The bottom of the leg at the last knuckle is turned back on both legs. I thought I could straighten them out and tape them up but they will not move. Anyone have this before?
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Re: New calf with bad legs

Postby ALACOWMAN » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:27 pm

Sounds like mineral diffecency ''selenium'' ...usually get better in a few days.. Can give a shot...
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Re: New calf with bad legs

Postby Mat Man » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:30 pm

Splint and tape them they will be fine in a week or so
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Re: New calf with bad legs

Postby pricefarm » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:30 pm

But I tried to straighten them out and they will not move.
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Re: New calf with bad legs

Postby ALACOWMAN » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:38 pm

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Re: New calf with bad legs

Postby pricefarm » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:51 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:http://www.cattlenetwork.com/cattle-resources/baby-calf-health/Tendon-troubles-in-newborn-calves-require-quick-attention-.html


Thanks for the info!
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Re: New calf with bad legs

Postby dun » Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:59 pm

Frequently called bumble foot.
Standard wisdom is if you tape and splint them they will be ok in 6 weeks, if you leave them alone they will be straightened out by a month and a half.
A shot of selenium may help, it does (supposedly) in foals. Can;t hurt. Yaers ago I bought all the bumble foot calves at the auction that I could. Could buy the poor litle cripplesw that should be shot to put out of their misery for a buck to 5 bucks. Took them home and never did anything other then raise them like any other calf. IN a couple of weeks I would haul them back to the auction and make handfuls of money over my costs.
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