Cows/Cattle/calf problem


Karin wrote at 2013-04-18 01:20:20
I agree with Eileen on this, it definitely does not sound like blackleg at all, however black leg CAN be cured, IF caught in the EARLY stages and when a large dose of penicillin can be administered to that calf.  However, that in itself has a slim chance of working because it's really hard to catch a calf with blackleg in its early stages.  But yeah, I don't think that vet knew what she was talking about...probably wasn't even a large-animal vet either, one that just dabbled a little in the large-animal sector and had most of her business with the small-animal people.

That aside, it does sound like an injury of some form, a pinched nerve or broken leg or even possibly (though this could be very remote) a nutritional deficiency that caused her to go down.  But it's funny, if it was an injury or an issue with nerve damage she shouldn't have died that soon unless something else was at play here that was never mentioned, such as the dose of penicillin given (which may have been a contributing factor to the calf's death), any symptoms the calf may have had  (scouring, respiratory issues, skinnier than usual, etc.), or anything of that matter except that a vet really messed up bad and seriously misdiagnosed the calf's condition.

I too am really sorry the questioner lost their calf.



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Eileen DuJardin


I can answer most types of cattle questions, primarily beef types. Genetics, breeding, basic care, herd health and management, and showing. I'm knowledgeable in forages and feeding. Non emergency health and soundness questions. I am not a veterinary, and can't answer critical care questions. Call your local large animal vet for that service.


I've been a registered cattle breeder for over 20 years. My husband and I run a 250 acre cattle ranch in Texas. I've raised dairy cattle, commercial cattle, and registered and show cattle. I'm on our county Beef and Forage committee.

American Simmental Association. American Brahman Breeders Association. Falls County Beef and Forage Committee. Texas Farm Bureau

Associates Degree in computer science.

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Many ribbons and placings in cattle showing, with most recent being: 2011 Fort Worth Stock Show, Senior Champion Simmental, and Houston Livestock Show Reserve Champion Senior Simmental.

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