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What to do when a cow dies?

Postby jmorrison0722 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:30 am

I have 11 head grazing freely on 55 acres. Yesterday I found one of my older bull calfs dead. He was closing in on a year old I believe. I'm not experienced with cattle so I don't know what to look for, but I couldn't see any obvious signs of what caused his death. This of course raises several questions for me. What do I do with his body? What do I need to do with the rest of the herd? Do I need to get a vet out to inspect the dead calf, or even the rest of the herd...or is this just something that happens from time to time and are there signs or symptoms I should watch for in the others?

Any suggestions or advice is appreciated.
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby sim.-ang.king » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:38 am

First call a vet to come cut him open, and check the rest of the cows. Second rotate to a different pasture, or pen the cows up if you can easily enough.

It could be anything, but usually if an animal drops dead for no reason, it's best to move out of that pasture if you can easily, just incase it's a something he ate that killed him. Have a vet look at the dead, and the cows, and that should help you draw a conclusion of what to do next.
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby dun » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:42 am

If there is a knacker in your area contact them. Could maybe look them up on the internet under "animal rendering" or check wit ha LA vet or may the extension service. Other then that, you could dig a hole (needs a back how probably) or just haul it off to a distant corner and let the critters clean it up. Depending on where you are it may be that you have to compost it to dispose of ot legally. Might want to check with the state dept of ag to find out what is legal.
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby kenny thomas » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:53 am

At that age he could have blackleg also if he has not been vaccinated.
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby BRYANT » Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:58 am

if it is a far away place drag to back corner and let the wildlife have a feast. Some rendering plants will pick them up if they are fresh. Some land fills will take them, last one I took cost me 25.00 and they pulled it off trailer for me.
I would be trying to find out why it died also.
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby callmefence » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:02 am

If their in the brush I drag em out where the buzzards find em faster
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby Son of Butch » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:25 pm

Call the rendering truck, around here sometimes they charge sometimes it's free.
Thankfully I'm not up to date on local current policy.

Make sure all are up to date on a good clostridial, blackleg, red water vaccine such as Covexin 8 or Alpha 7 ect.
IF you don't have the Vet out, at the very least discuss with him what happened.


edited to add:
Jeff, I just checked your previous posts and realized how new you are to cattle.
Definitely contact a Vet to figure out what happened and any existing risks.
If you have a good neighbor that has experience with cattle seek them out for advice and possible help too.
best of luck
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:30 pm

kenny thomas wrote:At that age he could have blackleg also if he has not been vaccinated.


Feel the back legs if it feels like Fritos under the skin then it’s blackleg.
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby LaniH » Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:32 pm

sim.-ang.king wrote:First call a vet to come cut him open, and check the rest of the cows. Second rotate to a different pasture, or pen the cows up if you can easily enough.

It could be anything, but usually if an animal drops dead for no reason, it's best to move out of that pasture if you can easily, just incase it's a something he ate that killed him. Have a vet look at the dead, and the cows, and that should help you draw a conclusion of what to do next.

grat advice. I have same situtation last week
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby ALACOWMAN » Tue Oct 17, 2017 5:01 pm

Is there drought where your at ? it could be anything from blackleg,to prussic acid poisoning..from Johnson grass to wilted wild cherry leaves.. I would move the cows till I found out...
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby Mat Man » Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:49 pm

Could be acorns also
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Re: What to do when a cow dies?

Postby bball » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:38 am

Watch the rest of the cows close. Looking for ears down, dull eyed, slobbery/foamy mouths, bloated up, slow movers that aren't staying with the herd. Listen for frequent coughers, wheezers.
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