What is this, cancer??

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What is this, cancer??

Post by Herford×Angus » Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:12 am

I saw this a couple of days ago. It's on the lower part of the leg it was about golf ball size when I first saw it, looks bigger now. Reason I wonder if it's cancer, is I had a bred heifer with a lump on its ribcage that looked similar, although it still had hair on it. Took her to the vet and she said it was cancer. When she cut it out it was black on the inside, she told me if she missed even a little piece it would grow back and I should sell her asap! I realize I will probably have to get the vet to look at this. But I was wondering if it was something anyone had seen before? Image
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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by wbvs58 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:09 am

To identify what a growth like that is they need to be removed and sent to a pathologist to properly identify. What is the age of the cow? Rarely get nasty things on young animals.

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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by Herford×Angus » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:32 pm

Not sure about her age she's gonna have her 5th calf at my place but I bought her as a mature cow. I'm guessing 10 years plus. Should I give her antìbiotics?

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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by wbvs58 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:52 am

I don't think so. It does look like some form of tumour like a sarcoid or sarcoma. I would aim to offload her as soon as it suits. That maybe after she weans her next calf but maybe sooner if it starts to weep and bleed and flies hang around.

It looks a bit too flat to get a band around it but may be worth a try if you can pick it up with your fingers but still plan to unload her.

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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by Aaron » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:07 am

I would ship asap. Packers very touchy on cancer animals. Doesn't take much for condemnation and the cost to dispose of in this country is $300, which is charged back to the kill buyer. That way kill buyers are very reluctant to buy anything with even a hint of an issue.

If you wait too long, you will be putting her down yourself.
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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by Herford×Angus » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:01 pm

Yeah I've been thinking of selling her anyway she's a bit to wild for my taste. But I hope she can still raise this calf. But if it looks like it's getting worst fast I might have to take the calf and sell it. Or use it as a spare

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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by sstterry » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:25 pm

I would sell them both now!

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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by MRRherefords » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:59 pm

I'd sell both asap while I can.

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Re: What is this, cancer??

Post by BRYANT » Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:33 pm

if she was mine she would take a one way trip. the sooner the better
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