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Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:49 am
by True Grit Farms
Yesterday we had our first calf with contracted tendons. From what I've read doing nothing is the method of choice? My wife isn't really happy with the doing nothing approach at the moment.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:51 am
by Bright Raven
Vince

That big Broadway calf - 123 lbs - had bad contracted tendons. I didn't do anything but worry. Now he is running around in circles. Should be fine as long as he can nurse.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:04 am
by slick4591
I've had two and both were running around like nothing was ever wrong within two weeks.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:06 am
by ez14.
Have seen dozens of them and 95% get better by themselves

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:09 am
by torogmc81
I'm assuming that's when they can stand on front feet for long? if so, had one last year in sept. He would go to his front knees a lot, but was still big enough to nurse 100# calf.

What are the causes of that problem? Big calves folded up too tight inside the cow??

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 11:16 am
by Bright Raven
torogmc81 wrote:I'm assuming that's when they can stand on front feet for long? if so, had one last year in sept. He would go to his front knees a lot, but was still big enough to nurse 100# calf.

What are the causes of that problem? Big calves folded up too tight inside the cow??


The tendons to the front feet are contracted (tight). They sometimes "knuckle" walk. They might not be able to stand well and nurse.

Yes. It is from laying a long time in the uterus with their front feet turned back. Larger calves are more prone to have it.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:18 pm
by TCRanch
I'll also chime in with the do nothing approach. Yes, it's frustrating to watch and you want to help but there's really nothing for you to do. After a couple days you don't pay as much attention and the next thing you know you're taken by surprise when you see the calf running around, perfectly normal.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:36 pm
by 76 Bar
Raven is spot on. Knuckling over (weak tendons) goes with the territory on exceptionally large bwt calves. Intervention e.g. ankle stretching/manipulation and or splinting is usually not necessary unless the condition is so extreme/prolonged that the calf is damaging the flesh on its pasterns or ankle joints. Prudent to keep a close watch.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:35 pm
by Redgully
I had a calf with it bad a few years back. He was drinking sitting down as the cow would bring her udder to him. But every morning he was in a different spot in the paddock so I knew he was somehow getting around. After four weeks he was moving well and about four months later was fine except one front foot was 45 degrees twisted. At around eight months this too had straightened up.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:21 pm
by Fire Sweep Ranch
This calf turned out just fine. He was twin to a heifer, and both were contracted, and both ended up normal after a few weeks

https://youtu.be/UpnH-dnqBh8

Two treatments of IV Oxy helped him out a bunch!

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:39 pm
by bball
I read some time ago that iv oxytetracycline will help them come out of it sooner. Somehow, the oxy increases elasticity in the tendons.
I have always splinter in the past and haven't had a contracted tendon since reading about the oxy treatment.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:19 am
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
Per "DUN" - benign neglect.

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:08 am
by Nesikep
yep, don't bother with them except make sure they nurse and don't lay down ALL the time. My big steer this year had it for a long time and he's fine now. I get one every year it seems

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:48 pm
by True Grit Farms
He's a little better but sure along ways from normal. But at least my wife can't catch him to give him therapy anymore. I'm going to sell the cow as bred in the spring, we sure don't need anymore calves like this

Re: Calf with contracted tendons.

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:06 pm
by Bright Raven
True Grit Farms wrote:He's a little better but sure along ways from normal. But at least my wife can't catch him to give him therapy anymore. I'm going to sell the cow as bred in the spring, we sure don't need anymore calves like this


Vince. I would have predicted total recovery by now. What is your mineral program?

Lol. Vince, it is not inherited. Don't blame the cow.