Droopy ear on heifer

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Droopy ear on heifer

Postby TLM1988 » Tue May 29, 2018 9:21 pm

Came home from work to put some feed out for my calves and noticed one of my heifers was slow to come up.. when she finally came up (about 1-2 min after the others) I noticed she had one ear droopy compared to the other.. she pushed right up to the bunk and ate.. I've always heard you can tell a lot about the health of a calf by there ears... she's a weaned calf will weigh around 400#'s.. I didn't notice this on her this morning when I checked them.. any advice would be appreciated as this is my first set of feeders
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Dave » Tue May 29, 2018 11:44 pm

I would get her in and take her temp. Droopy ears is often the first sign. Also look at her eyes. if they appear dull, maybe sunken looking.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby TCRanch » Wed May 30, 2018 7:06 am

Agree with Dave. I would also suggest checking the ear for ticks as a heavy infestation can cause them to droop.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby gcreekrch » Wed May 30, 2018 8:01 am

Draxxin.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Son of Butch » Wed May 30, 2018 10:08 am

Dave wrote:I would get her in and take her temp. Droopy ears is often the first sign.
Also look at her eyes, if they appear dull, maybe sunken looking.

As this is TML's first go round with feeders, I'll add sweat beads on nose is another 1st sign of cattle in distress.
Especially fly weights (under 450 lbs) sweat beads on nose as a 1st sign of onset of respiratory problems.

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He routinely uses it so much I've accused him of owning shares in the company. :)
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Lucky » Wed May 30, 2018 5:16 pm

This is when a dart gun comes in handy. I would give her a couple days if no change for the better dart her with Draxxin.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Son of Butch » Wed May 30, 2018 5:43 pm

Dart gun/rifles are handy for taking temps and diagnosing the actual cause/problem?
Cattle chute with head gate would be handier to me than willy-nilly shooting of 400 lb slow moving feeder calves.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby gcreekrch » Wed May 30, 2018 8:37 pm

Son of Butch wrote:Dart gun/rifles are handy for taking temps and diagnosing the actual cause/problem?
Cattle chute with head gate would be handier to me than willy-nilly shooting of 400 lb slow moving feeder calves.


I've never used one but wonder the accuracy of giving sub cu injections ( as Draxxin is to be used) with a dart gun.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby TLM1988 » Wed May 30, 2018 9:01 pm

Today she seemed like a different calf... first one to the bunk this morning with no droopy ear.. we did get about 2 inches of rain yesterday (forgot to mention that). Still not sold that it was "water in her ear".. cane home and watched her pretty close this afternoon and she was still ears up and alert.. she hangs back from the other calves (all steers) but eventually comes to the bunk like she owns it.. I've got a squeeze chute but it's an older one and still under repairs... gonna keep a close eye on her and work her soon as chute is ready... thanks for all the advice!!!!
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Dave » Wed May 30, 2018 9:41 pm

I have a dart gun and it comes in handy on occasions. This isn't one of those occasions. On a 4 weight heifer I am not waiting a couple days. I want to deal with it right away if need be. On the other hand we had a droopy ear calf this spring. He is healthy as a horse but to this day his ears droop. Get the calf in and check the temp. If it is high shot her with draxxin (while she is in the chute).
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Silver » Wed May 30, 2018 9:56 pm

I gave several calves Resflor with the dart gun this spring when we had a little respiratory issue for a few days. The calves were up on high ground about a mile from the closest chute. The nice part is you can get them at first indication of the problem, no stress, no chasing around. Sub cu needles are available, can't verify absolute accuracy of the injection but never had to treat a calf a second time.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Ky hills » Wed May 30, 2018 10:21 pm

Got a dart gun last fall, have some cattle in fields with no working facilities. Was having some respiratory issues with some calves and it worked pretty well. Still like to get them in the chute if possible, but the dart gun is a good way to treat illnesses quickly and not have to stress them out by getting up.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Lucky » Thu May 31, 2018 5:25 am

Son of Butch wrote:Dart gun/rifles are handy for taking temps and diagnosing the actual cause/problem?
Cattle chute with head gate would be handier to me than willy-nilly shooting of 400 lb slow moving feeder calves.


I agree that getting the calf up would be the best thing. I guess I always just assume people have a schedule like I do and so that isn’t always possible. 2 days with droopy ears and coming up last to eat is getting a feeder a shot of Draxxin at my place. I’ve had the same group of feeders since last November and gave one shot, if that’s what you call “willy-nilly”.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Son of Butch » Thu May 31, 2018 12:45 pm

Willy-nilly is giving a shot before knowing the problem. I didn't intend to make any feel it was directed at them.
One ear drooping on a feeder that pushed right up to the bunk to eat made me think TC might be right about ticks
or other non-illness related problem.
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Re: Droopy ear on heifer

Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu May 31, 2018 3:49 pm

First off - welcome to the board.
Sometimes, even just a bug/fly/tick can crawl up in their ear. Many reasons for 1 to be drooped. But - you are right, you should observe their ears.
It is really good that you observed her "different" look and behavior. That is what makes a good cattle person.
I would suggest that you worked on your chute - sooner rather than later.
Cattle get sick and/or get injured. It is dangerous for you, people around, and the cattle if you don't have proper facilities.
When it was suggested that you don't want to go willy-nilly shooting cattle, basically meant you need to analyze more than one symptom. A thermometer is a real, real cheap investment, and it is the BEST indication that something is wrong.
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