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That said, there's one steer I have yet to treat, zero symptoms, totally healthy. And yet he's been through the chute 5 times & keeps coming back for more. Seems he always ends up in the corral with the ones I'm truly after and when I'm trying to sort/push one into the trap he's totally on board. Actually makes it easier because "follow the leader". My husband runs the head gate & I keep having to yell "Oakley's first, run him through!" Of course if he does end up getting sick you know that party will come to a screeching halt & he'll be a bytch to catch.
I've never been a big believer in Murphy's Law. Until now.
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Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:Vaccination cost is MUCH cheaper than treating (or losing) one calf.
Some large dairy calf growers will give inforce 3 to calves three times from week 1 - 500 lbs as cheap insurance.
Each day of calf hood pneumonia lowers 1st lactation milk production 200 lbs.