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Re: Injured calf

Postby Workinonit Farm » Mon May 15, 2017 2:41 pm

milkmaid wrote:Spinal injury. The position with back legs extended forward while laying down or standing (you can see it in all of the pictures) is classic. I give them 3 days to improve and then euthanize.


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Re: Injured calf

Postby JCcattle » Tue May 23, 2017 8:26 am

That looks like a calf we had several years back! He couldn't get up.. back legs totally useless. Was some kind of injury cuz he was fine one day and down the next. Fed him out there on the pasture for a month until one day he suddenly jumped up! Looked crazy but once he got going he couldn't stop! Didn't take long and he was walking much better .. helped himself to the milk cow and sold him in fall. Think it was a miracle, combined with strong will to live! Such a stubborn thing he never even got tame with being handfed for a month or more. Hopefully yours came around?!
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Re: Injured calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri May 26, 2017 8:11 am

We are doing some progress, finally. Recently he started lifting his rear abit. With some legs position fixing he stands by himself. Have video, so might post it later.
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Re: Injured calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri May 26, 2017 8:35 am

Here's a video. A small good progress.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JHLbBg ... e=youtu.be
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Re: Injured calf

Postby JCcattle » Fri May 26, 2017 10:40 am

That's really good! You'll get him back on his feet soon looks like! Thanks for the pics n video
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Re: Injured calf

Postby Nesikep » Fri May 26, 2017 2:18 pm

Looks like his back legs are working better than his fronts now.. but this is an improvement.. hope it continues, he's a nice looking guy!
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Re: Injured calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri May 26, 2017 2:28 pm

The front legs are working fine. Just it was more comfortable for him to eat in this position. :) He has lost quite alot of weight now.
Yeah, he's probably the best looking calf this year so far. Maybe he even could be the most muscled bull we ever had in the future. His full sisters are double muscled. One is due in autumn, but might be the 1st c-section for us as she's in calf to our limo bull. Another is the one with a back leg trauma, so will use AI, for her.
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Re: Injured calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri May 26, 2017 2:32 pm

lithuanian farmer wrote:Finally the new calving season started and have new calves. The 1st calf of the year was born last week, but unfortunately have lost him. However have a new bull calf born tonight. He's Limousine sired out of 1/4x (Angus, BB, Salers, dairy) 6th calver. He's a pretty big boy, ~120lbs or so. Cow calved on her own. He's already showing serious muscles, so can't await to see him growing.
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Other cows are preparing to calve too. The one which had a huge calf last year also is near. However the most exciting thing is that two heifers incalf to our new Limousine bull are near too. Hopefully they'll calve in a couple weeks.

lithuanian farmer wrote:Thank you! He really should be a good one. From what I see he could be more muscled than his two full sisters. Here are photos of both. The first one hopefully is already incalf to Limousine and will calve in august.
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He just born and his full sisters.
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Re: Injured calf

Postby Nesikep » Fri May 26, 2017 2:43 pm

Looks like a good line, sure are meaty. I have 2 heifers this year that are super meaty, both from my homeraised bull, and 2 steer calves that are nearly identical, one from the Limo bull, and one from the homeraised bull

She's young here, but you see it.. she's darned near twice as wide as some of the others.

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Re: Injured calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Fri May 26, 2017 3:37 pm

Nesikep wrote:Looks like a good line, sure are meaty. I have 2 heifers this year that are super meaty, both from my homeraised bull, and 2 steer calves that are nearly identical, one from the Limo bull, and one from the homeraised bull

She's young here, but you see it.. she's darned near twice as wide as some of the others.

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Looks promising!
Our cows with calves went out on grass just less than two weeks ago. Had not much of hay left and it was very bad, so cows got pretty skinny, plus calves wasn't showing their potential. Now they finally can thrive. There are some very promising calves too. Our new bull's calves should show what they got. Gonna have good photos after a month or so, when they all will be back into shape.
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Re: Injured calf

Postby Nesikep » Fri May 26, 2017 5:01 pm

Mine only went out on grass this week.. I had fairly good hay, but it just isn't as good as grass.. I just didn't have my camera with me today when the 4 yearling heifers were all standing side by side, all facing the same way.. it would have been a good one
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Re: Injured calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Sat May 27, 2017 11:11 am

Nesikep wrote:Mine only went out on grass this week.. I had fairly good hay, but it just isn't as good as grass.. I just didn't have my camera with me today when the 4 yearling heifers were all standing side by side, all facing the same way.. it would have been a good one

We had very wet and cold spring this year, so grass wasn't growing much. We had two fields where we left our hay bales. When came in april to bring them home, saw that there were almost no left (from 40+) and that hay was very good quality. Bales in another field were untouched, but were very bad quality and cows almost refused to eat it. I haven't seen girls for a week and during that time most had lost at least 100lbs. Have let them out that weekend, but grass wasn't very big, so have to move them quite often to the new pasture.
Yeah, always needs to have camera with yourself. Often miss good shots. I did a similar photo ~3 years ago:
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Re: Injured calf

Postby Nesikep » Sat May 27, 2017 2:14 pm

That is a great pic!.. We had a slow start to the spring here too... We only started getting hot weather at the end of last week (30+C).
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Re: Injured calf

Postby lithuanian farmer » Mon Aug 28, 2017 1:44 pm

Unfortunately, had to slaughter the calf. He wasn't making any progress from a certain point. Also he hasn't showed any efforts to stand up and walk himself. With some help he would stand and maybe walk a couple steps before falling, but he always tried to keep his rear legs as far to the front as possible.
After slaughtering looked at his joints and bones. His stifle joint was moving to much to the front, especially of one leg.
Well, many people say livestock=deadstock and that's really true. This year was very tiring. Hopefully everything will get better soon.
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Re: Injured calf

Postby Nesikep » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:13 pm

You're getting your fill of interesting veterinary medicine stories... I had enough of them this year as well losing 2 cows... Here's to next year being better!
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