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Re: Losing Cows

Postby BRYANT » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:29 pm

I know someone using the mineral with Garlic in it and says it really helps with the ticks.
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby Bright Raven » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:33 pm

Using mineral with very high levels of Chlortetracycline is more of a prophylaxis than a treatment.

I use vitaferm heat in the summer. It includes garlic which some say chases away ticks, mosquitoes, flies, etc.
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Postby chevytaHOE5674 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:57 pm

kenny thomas wrote:I know nothing on this subject but it seems we are north of what is reported as being the problem area. Mostly tropical. Says north to 32 S and were north of that a bit.


I'm much much further north than you and had a horse get anaplasmosis like 3 years back, most likely from a tick.

So apparently winter doesn't hamper it at all.
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby wbvs58 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 3:29 am

Imazol might be an easier drug to use at the rate of 2.5ml/100kg SC. That is if it is available there.

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Re: Losing Cows

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:43 am

Lucky_P posted this on the thread "Anaplasmosis".

The level of CTC allowed in mineral will only protect up to a 750 lb animal - and then, only if they're eating their theoretical 4oz of mineral every day. There's (That's) not enough, and consumption is so variable, that I would never trust CTC-medicated mineral to provide 'protection' for mature cows/bulls. It might help, but the likelihood of 'breakthrough' cases is pretty high.
For effective 'control' of clinical disease, cattle need to consume 0.5mg CTC/lb body weight DAILY throughout the vector season(Apr-Nov here). Note that those animals consuming that level of CTC can/will still become infected... they just will be far less likely to develop clinical illness and die.
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby rollinhills » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:49 am

I use vitaferm heat minerial with igr and had a walk through sprayer and still got it, couldn't seem the keep the dang flies off them. he told me to feed this top dressing stuff that has that Chlor what ever it is in it. He cut one of the dead cows down the side to look at the membrane and it was all yellow looking, tod me that was a sure sign.
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Postby Bright Raven » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:55 am

rollinhills wrote:I use vitaferm heat minerial with igr and had a walk through sprayer and still got it, couldn't seem the keep the dang flies off them. he told me to feed this top dressing stuff that has that Chlor what ever it is in it. He cut one of the dead cows down the side to look at the membrane and it was all yellow looking, tod me that was a sure sign.


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What is the commercial name of the feed dressing? Is it something you top dress feed with after you put feed in a bunk? I assume it is a concentrated Chlortetracycline.
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby farmerjan » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:36 am

I have another suggestion. If the cows were on very green grass, and all of a sudden just dropped dead have they looked at " ACUTE BOVINE PULMONARY EDEMA AND EMPHYSEMA" ? It is from a change to lush pasture and causes changes in the l-tryptopan in their system and then causes other changes in the gut which allows this to get into their blood stream and causes a type of pnuemonia. It is complicated but let me tell you, it can cause death in 1-3 days with little or no warning. It is more common in fast growing lush pastures in the spring or fall.
We lost 12 cows to it in 2 days and barely saved 4 cows and the bull. It does not affect calves. We moved the cows on Sunday, checked them on Tuesday and closed the gate, the owner called on Thursday afternoon, and said there was a dead cow or something he could smell. We got over there, found several dead cows, called the vet, did an autopsy on one at 9 p.m. that night. Got the others loaded the next morning after opening the gate and moving them back into the previous pasture. Then treated them at the vets office. There is plenty of papers on it but the answer is to use monensin in the mineral which inhibits the growth of the l-tryptophan in the gut and stops the problem. Our calves were in the 300 lb range, but we had just rotated the cows to a new pasture and in 4 days, had this happen. We did soil tests, water tests, autopsies, and finally a vet in the practice did some research and came up with that. In the meantime, spent alot of money treating and subsequently saving the 4 cows and the bull.

Please give it some consideration. With all the rain most places have had, and the grass having these growth spurts, it is a possibility.
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby Lucky_P » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:25 am

Here's what a typical anaplasmosis cow looks like at necropsy; all fat and connective tissues will be yellow, due to hemolysis causing hemoglobin breakdown products to accumulate faster than the liver can process them.

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Spleen will be enlarged and 'pulpy'.

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Re: Losing Cows

Postby BRYANT » Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:49 am

Lucky_P
Interesting post, What about the heart , how does it effect it?
I have always heard they can have a heart attack real easy if they are in and advanced stage, is that so ?
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby rollinhills » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:38 pm

Bright Raven wrote:
rollinhills wrote:I use vitaferm heat minerial with igr and had a walk through sprayer and still got it, couldn't seem the keep the dang flies off them. he told me to feed this top dressing stuff that has that Chlor what ever it is in it. He cut one of the dead cows down the side to look at the membrane and it was all yellow looking, tod me that was a sure sign.


Rollinhills,

What is the commercial name of the feed dressing? Is it something you top dress feed with after you put feed in a bunk? I assume it is a concentrated Chlortetracycline.


That’s what it is, vet wrote me a VFD and I went to Burkmanns and picked it up, and yes I put it on the feed, I feed 30 head 5# 2 times a day for 5 days.
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby Bright Raven » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:02 pm

rollinhills wrote:
Bright Raven wrote:
rollinhills wrote:I use vitaferm heat minerial with igr and had a walk through sprayer and still got it, couldn't seem the keep the dang flies off them. he told me to feed this top dressing stuff that has that Chlor what ever it is in it. He cut one of the dead cows down the side to look at the membrane and it was all yellow looking, tod me that was a sure sign.


Rollinhills,

What is the commercial name of the feed dressing? Is it something you top dress feed with after you put feed in a bunk? I assume it is a concentrated Chlortetracycline.


That’s what it is, vet wrote me a VFD and I went to Burkmanns and picked it up, and yes I put it on the feed, I feed 30 head 5# 2 times a day for 5 days.


Good. Hope it goes well. Thanks for the information.
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby TCRanch » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:30 pm

A relatively recent thread with lots of good info:
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=115730&hilit=anaplasmosis
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby TCRanch » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:33 pm

And another. This one includes a Drovers link about a ranch manager I know personally that lost a lot of cows to anaplasmosis.
viewtopic.php?f=7&t=115183&hilit=drovers
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Re: Losing Cows

Postby Lucky_P » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:45 pm

No cardiac lesions to speak of.
Cows don't have 'heart attacks' like humans...virtually none of our domestic animals do.
Acute death occurs due to lack of sufficient RBCs to carry oxygen to brain and other organs
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