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Another way of asking this is, how often do you get to eat the liver?
If you routinely have healthy livers, what do you attribute this to?
Dun said, "You gotta be flexible. Do whatever you have to do for the best results within your limitations."
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More importantly-I am concerned with the amount of grain that is fed to young bulls before production sales. At one time, I had 2-3 that could easily have been considered 'failure to thrive'. After learning about the tremendous amount of grain this particular producer fed-35 lbs per head per day- to achieve impressive sale weights -I felt the bulls were a lost cause and sent them to slaughter. I always attributed their Ethiopian appearance to acidosis from too much grain which caused liver abscesses.
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I attribute it to the way I feed them, when finishing them. I keep them in a small pasture/lot area, about an acre or 2. They're on grass, usually in late fall, through early winter, along with free-choice good hay & minerals and I give them a mixed feed ration twice a day. A mix of ground corn, soy beans, oats & barley. (a mix I get from a local guy who mills it himself). And of course, fresh clean water.
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Chocolate Cow2 wrote:Ebenezer-no. we don't have liver flukes or my Veterinarian says they're not an issue. You get some rain?
3" here. Glad to get it. Fall arrived last night.
Liver flukes are a coastal, swamp issue. Did not know where originator lives.
Typical commercial feedyards not using tylan probably around 15-30%. With tylan the range is probably half that.
In small operations good management is probably the best prevention. Slowly adapting to a high grain diet, feeding enough good hay, and a consistent feeding program is probably the biggest factors that will reduce/eliminate liver abscesses.