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Cow with Stiff Joints

Postby midTN_Brangusman » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:39 am

Bough a Hereford cow with black baldy calf on Monday at the sale. Gave the cow injectable wormer and triangle 10. Yesterday I noticed she could barely walk, stiff legged walk, not bending knees or hocks. She was dead this morning. Has anyone witnessed this before?
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Postby M-5 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:47 am

an expert will hopefully chime in but I have heard of the same thing happening before with thin untreated cattle before and have been advised to gradually acclimate them to your environment.
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Postby Fire Sweep Ranch » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:27 pm

Tetanus looks like that. Not saying it is tetanus, but possible. What was her body condition like? How old is the calf?
You might have got stuck with someone else's problem....
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Postby True Grit Farms » Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:53 pm

I'm with M5 on this one. All the thin cows I buy I pour them heavy with cheap ivermectin. More for the lice and grubs but a cheap pour will only kill 10% to 20% of the worms at best.
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Re: Cow with Stiff Joints

Postby midTN_Brangusman » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:36 pm

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:Tetanus looks like that. Not saying it is tetanus, but possible. What was her body condition like? How old is the calf?
You might have got stuck with someone else's problem....


This was a 5 year old cow, calf couple months old. If anything, the cow was too fat.
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Postby sim.-ang.king » Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:46 pm

Turn out on grass or not?
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Re: Cow with Stiff Joints

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:19 pm

Possibly a fever caused by the triangle 10, that will pass? Just a guess.
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Re: Cow with Stiff Joints

Postby M-5 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:24 pm

Bigfoot wrote:Possibly a fever caused by the triangle 10, that will pass? Just a guess.



midTN_Brangusman wrote:Bough a Hereford cow with black baldy calf on Monday at the sale. Gave the cow injectable wormer and triangle 10. Yesterday I noticed she could barely walk, stiff legged walk, not bending knees or hocks. She was dead this morning. Has anyone witnessed this before?



I do not think she will over it.
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Re: Cow with Stiff Joints

Postby Bigfoot » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:56 pm

M-5 wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:Possibly a fever caused by the triangle 10, that will pass? Just a guess.



midTN_Brangusman wrote:Bough a Hereford cow with black baldy calf on Monday at the sale. Gave the cow injectable wormer and triangle 10. Yesterday I noticed she could barely walk, stiff legged walk, not bending knees or hocks. She was dead this morning. Has anyone witnessed this before?



I do not think she will over it.


I need more reading comprehension.
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Re: Cow with Stiff Joints

Postby wbvs58 » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:46 pm

Fire Sweep Ranch wrote:Tetanus looks like that. Not saying it is tetanus, but possible. What was her body condition like? How old is the calf?
You might have got stuck with someone else's problem....


I think Fire Sweep has brought up a very valid possibility with tetanus especially after having been transported. Livestock do not have to have a fresh wound to get tetanus. Spores can enter through a cut even 6 mths earlier and just sit in healthy tissue like muscle with good blood supply but then with being handled and transported the muscle becomes bruised and then provides ideal anaerobic conditions for the tetanus spores to become active and produce the tetanus toxin.

An animal with tetanus has a very stiff and stilted gait, tail set high, ears back often with a frown and 3rd eyelids drawn half across the eye.

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Re: Cow with Stiff Joints

Postby midTN_Brangusman » Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:00 am

sim.-ang.king wrote:Turn out on grass or not?


Was in a dry lot on hay.
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