Rat tail - losing switch

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Rat tail - losing switch

Postby angus9259 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:39 am

So I posted on this some time ago and couldn't get the picture to load. Well, now i my ad a picture is back and this is what it looks like. Fescue poisoning came up as an options - there may be some fescue in my fields but they are mostly just regular ol pasture - not fescue fields - and are fairly short as I rotationally graze.

Another argument has it that tail rot from infection (form of gang green), and mite infection. Any additional thoughts?


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Re: Rat tail - losing switch

Postby ddd75 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:42 pm

looks like something has ate it down.. mites / flies..

doesn't look like a infection
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Re: Rat tail - losing switch

Postby skeeter swatter » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:04 pm

Is the end dead? Probly stept on.
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Re: Rat tail - losing switch

Postby angus9259 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:11 pm

End appears dead. Happens to about 1/10 of my retained animals every year. Last year, in a group of 10 sale bulls, 3 lost their switches.
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Re: Rat tail - losing switch

Postby Workinonit Farm » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:35 pm

I've had a couple, over the years, lose their switch/tail-tip to frostbite. But it "showed up" long before summertime.
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Re: Rat tail - losing switch

Postby BK9954 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:08 pm

I have plenty of fescue, more then others in my area, and have not had that problem. I have one I bought like that, guy said wild dogs bit it off, she does fine.
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Re: Rat tail - losing switch

Postby angus9259 » Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:08 pm

BK9954 wrote:I have plenty of fescue, more then others in my area, and have not had that problem. I have one I bought like that, guy said wild dogs bit it off, she does fine.


Yeah, they all seem to do fine and don't have any other symptoms of fescue toxicity - when 10 % of your herd loses their tail every year, makes you wonder WTF.
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