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Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby KyNewbie » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:32 pm

I came home from work to find my second dead cow of the week. Both had healthy October calves by their sides and I had laid eyes on both sets of cow calf pairs walking in the pasture and nursing. No signs of the cows being sick in any type of way. I’ve received phone calls while at work last week with people telling me that they have observed the buzzards pestering the herd. I’ve had my grandfather go out and run them off multiple times and I myself have gone out and shot at them to scare them off. They are the black buzzards, and seem to be way more aggressive than the turkey vultures. I find it odd that they have targeted two mature cows as opposed to going after calves. I’ve never personally seen buzzards be this aggressive and I personally have not lost any cattle to buzzards that were not either newborn or seemed to be terribly old or injured. Any thoughts? Am I wrong to think it’s buzzards and maybe should be looking for another cause of death? Thanks in advance
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Re: Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby TexasBred » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:46 pm

Never had a buzzard of any kind attack a cow, let alone manage to kill one. Something else going on here.
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Re: Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby Bigfoot » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:58 pm

I may be wrong, but I doubt buzzards are killing cows. I had one paralyzed from giving birth. Set 5 panels around her, so I could feed and water her. Came in that afternoon, and she had slid the whole contraption 200 yards across the field. Buzzards had tried eating her alive. But, she couldn't fight back either.
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Re: Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby SchenkAngusFarm » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:47 am

I've seen the blackheads kill calves but I've never seen them kill mature cows. They are ultra-aggressive.

You can get permits to shoot them. I have never had an issue with them (knock on wood) but I know people that have. I think you can apply for a special permit through Kentucky Farm Bureau or a less limited one through the federal government.

I found this link somewhat informative and saved it at one point.

http://www2.ca.uky.edu/agcomm/pubs/FOR/ ... FOR129.pdf
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Re: Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby Caustic Burno » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:20 pm

They aren’t getting the cows unless there downers.
Now calf is another story I had to fight them off a newborn yesterday.
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Re: Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby ClinchValley » Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:40 am

Do you have a picture you could share with us?

I know anything is possible. But that does seem highly unlikely.

Would a buzzard know to go for the eyes first? Are they that highly aggressive? I'd say that could be effective against a grown cow… I've never dealt with them. But have heard stories.
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Postby True Grit Farms » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:44 am

ClinchValley wrote:Do you have a picture you could share with us?

I know anything is possible. But that does seem highly unlikely.

Would a buzzard know to go for the eyes first? Are they that highly aggressive? I'd say that could be effective against a grown cow… I've never dealt with them. But have heard stories.

Yes first thing missing will be the eyes.
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Re: Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby Workinonit Farm » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:07 pm

TexasBred wrote:Never had a buzzard of any kind attack a cow, let alone manage to kill one. Something else going on here.


I tend to agree with this. While I've never had nor seen them go after adults, I have had them and seen them go after calves.
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Re: Buzzards killing mature cows

Postby MtnCows93 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:54 pm

I would be amazed if buzzards killed that cow but if thats actually what did it then its shotgun time
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:43 pm

Isn't it more likely the cow was down or dead and the buzzards worked on her?? I have NO experience with Black Buzzards. Only heard of them on this board.
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