Loss of tail switch?

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Loss of tail switch?

Postby southernultrablack » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:51 pm

Anybody have any idea on what caused this? First calf heifer in a pasture with twelve others and they don’t have any issues like this.
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby Supa Dexta » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:00 pm

Fescue toxicity
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby southernultrablack » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:13 pm

Supa Dexta wrote:Fescue toxicity

Would I not see this in the other cattle?
There is fescue here, but mostly summergrasses now. And my largest paddock of fescue is the good endophyte type ( Kentucky 32).
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby JMJ Farms » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:22 pm

Ergot?
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby Ky hills » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:33 pm

Is it possible that it got caught on something and got pulled off? If that isn't the case then I would say it is likely related to the fescue. From what I can tell some cattle are affected and others aren't.
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby farmerjan » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:18 pm

We see loss of tail switches in dairy cattle occasionally. They can get stepped on and pulled off as the cow tries to get up, they have gotten caught and the cow has actually pulled it off trying to get free of whatever it is caught up in. Was it bloody like it had gotten injured/pulled off?
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby southernultrablack » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:30 pm

farmerjan wrote:We see loss of tail switches in dairy cattle occasionally. They can get stepped on and pulled off as the cow tries to get up, they have gotten caught and the cow has actually pulled it off trying to get free of whatever it is caught up in. Was it bloody like it had gotten injured/pulled off?

I didn’t see any signs of trauma, just an ugly nubby tail! Lol
It didn’t look completely hairless, kinda scruffy/scraggly.
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby Lucky » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:48 pm

I had that happen with a calf once years ago. Lost the switch then the rest of his hair fell out. It grew back but always looked funny. I also had a donkey loose his switch but I’m pretty sure another donkey pulled it out. Took forever to grow back.
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby ez14. » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:05 pm

Have a big manure wad stuck to it?
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby southernultrablack » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:34 pm

ez14. wrote:Have a big manure wad stuck to it?

Nope, at least not that I saw. The cows are so loose right now, I believe that they could poop thru their switch and never touch it! :shock:
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby Silver » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:48 pm

Can't be fescue, she only lost the hair, at least that's how it looks in the picture. Like farmerjan said, it could have been stepped on, or it could be stuck in the fence somewhere. I imagine it will grow back.
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby talltimber » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:17 am

That looks more like it's been affected by a fungus, or chewed off, hung up and pulled out, etc., than caused by fescue.
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby MRRherefords » Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:20 am

We had a bull once who was laying down and a cow was standing on his tail. He panicked and jump up thus ripping out all of his tail hair and the end of his tail!
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby ALACOWMAN » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:18 pm

southernultrablack wrote:
Supa Dexta wrote:Fescue toxicity

Would I not see this in the other cattle?
There is fescue here, but mostly summergrasses now. And my largest paddock of fescue is the good endophyte type ( Kentucky 32).
not all of em will be effected from the fescue..it'll effect feet, tips of ears...got a cow that looks like her ears have been frostbit..not all cattle you see standing in ponds this time of year is from the heat..""fescue foot""It slows blood flow to the extremities.. Wouldn't panic over it though just yet..
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Re: Loss of tail switch?

Postby Mat Man » Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:27 pm

We had 3 or 4 to lose their switch when a few weeks of each other 4/5 years ago. The only time it ever happened. Still have cattle on same pasture.
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