Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:40 pm

Nothing for you to fret about. It will run it's course and they should never get it again.
As mentioned, just putting something ON it won't really help unless you are able to completely scub off all the cry crud.
When my show cattle get it, I have to try to clear it up as fast as possible. I use a curry comb and scrape all the crud off until the skin actually bleeds. Then I put bleach on it. then I cover it with vaseline, and keep covering with vaseline everytime I can. Ringworm is a fungus. Fungus needs air to survive. If you keep it smothered (grease, oil, vaseline) it can't get air so it dies.
Cowgal604 - just so you know (and any newbies that read your post), deworming does absolutely NOTHING for ringworm. Ringworm is not any kind of worm - just a fungus.


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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Till-Hill » Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:51 pm

Learned from the show guys long time ago and I continue to use to this day. I'd say cuts recovery time in half opposed to doing nothing.

Fluid Film in can spray from John Deere. I've bought from other sources and did not seem to work. Soak them good couple times.

Or if you don't mind going to drug store and looking like a weirdo get some Vagisil. That works like a champ too, tho ladies at drug store look at you awfully funny.

Been using fluid film for 20 years. Works great.

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:56 pm

Till-Hill - good call - that also goes on the same theory, smother it so it can't get air.
Edit: Vaseline is super cheap and generally in every household. but, super important to clean off the scaly junk first and kill with clorox, then smother.
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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by greggy » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:53 pm

How quick can you get it to go away too the point where it is not so obvious ? I am not sure of how quick calf hair grows.....

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by greggy » Sat Nov 16, 2019 9:56 pm

I am going to officially change the name.

It is now known as......

Ringworm Fungus. :D :cboy: :clap:

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:38 am

On my show cattle, I will scrub it til it bleeds, clorox then the vaseline as often as I am in the barn. When I put the vaseline on, I scrub it into the raw skin and the skin in the surrounding edges. I generally can get it to pass a vet inspection in about 3-4 days. May or may not have started growing hair, but if it is soft, pliable, pink (or black!!) skin, they will let you in.
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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Silver » Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:54 pm

I suppose if I were showing cattle vaccinating for it may be a good idea.
Otherwise benign neglect is the order of the day.

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by greggy » Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:03 am

Well, it certainly has not stopped these young beasts from consuming feed in a vigorous manner !

lol

Actually, I think the one that showed signs first shared it around, she has it on eye area, and will head butt, and wrestle with head, every time there is feed around.....

Anyway, they all eat well, it is very dry and pretty hot, so, it had me a bit worried it may have more effect or spread and be worse in our fall and winter, or your spring and summer....

The way this bunch are eating, not much will stop them.....

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by greggy » Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:11 am

Actually, have another young heifer coming tomorrow.

I believe she is weaned, so the ringworm fungus group is in yards, other heifers and steers are not far away, but they range from 400 too 1200lb, and very competitive with the feed too, one has an advantage as has horns.

if this new one is 250 odd lbs, would you hold her, and put with the ringworm group once cleared, or, pull the ones at around 400, which are shyer feeders, and put them together in a holding area to get them used to each other and fatten a bit, I can put the ringworm crowd with them once clear to make 2 mobs again.

But may have more groups coming later, but I will likely be milk feeding them.

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:30 am

greggy - I would not put a 250# with a group that goes up to 1200#!
Silver - ???? "I suppose if I were showing cattle vaccinating for it may be a good idea."
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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Silver » Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:19 pm

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
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greggy - I would not put a 250# with a group that goes up to 1200#!
Silver - ???? "I suppose if I were showing cattle vaccinating for it may be a good idea."
Bovilis Ringvac

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by Jeanne - Simme Valley » Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:34 am

Thanks. Never heard of that. My guess would be that it's like a wart vaccine.
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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by redcowsrule33 » Thu Nov 21, 2019 5:55 am

Not available in the US. Studies have shown that there is no significant reduction in clinical disease with the use of the vaccine but the lesions heal more quickly in vaccinated animals and there is less hide damage. They could demonstrate no change in rate of gain between the groups.
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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by greggy » Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:54 am

Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:30 am
greggy - I would not put a 250# with a group that goes up to 1200#!
Silver - ???? "I suppose if I were showing cattle vaccinating for it may be a good idea."

Already did that...lol...but ..

the 200s... grew, as did the now 1200 or so Jersey cross


I actually watch what they all do and how they interact, the younger ones are a bit shyer, and no horns, so prob go to the group that has ringworm when done, they will then be the new bosses, but not so much as when one has horns and others do not.

Jersey horns will get the shop if she stays, she is very friendly and mothering, except for feed time...lol...who would have guessed :)

They are pretty cluey though, they wait for the gaps, and go for it, are growing, so that is the aim....

Competitive groups prob do better than a bunch of lazy eaters....

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Re: Ringworm in 6 week old isolated calf group.

Post by greggy » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:30 am

Well, it is about week 4 now.....

Most still have what appeared in first week, so my playing around with vinegar, bleach, tea tree oil was nothing more than a workout for me ....as many of you said......and some training in the yards for these young calves.

One seems to have more spots now, another has multiple spots that camevprob a week ago...so now only 2 seem to show no sign, or obvious sign that is.

I have another group of calves, they are not seoerated by much space, and, if I want the newer group to learn to graze a little, it means using a strip that is only seperating them by 1 panel, i.e, they can smooch...well, can contact when checking each other out.

Soon I would like the new group to join the fungus infected leper colony 😀

How long after first signs of ringworm can it be transmitted.

Most of this new group came from other properties, so, maybe none have been exposed yet.

How long should I wait to keep this lot isolated, assuming you do not want it going through others if you can reasonably help it.

I am prob going to wean the new group from milk in a week or two, depending on hard feed intake, today started once a day feeding with milk.

2 reasons I want them together.

Ease of having one lot of water and feed area and place to cart feeds too

And second, it will teach theses newer ones to eat more different feeds.

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