Calf dies for no reason

Discussion in 'Breeding and Calving' started by Crmcman, May 12, 2016.

  1. Crmcman

    Crmcman New Member

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    Hello, newbie here.

    I have an operation of 45 breed-able cows. Twice this season a calf is born and looks healthy. 3-4 days later I find it dead in a field. No marks, looks hydrated, everything is fine but it's dead.
    Ideas???

    Thanks
     
  2. calfstrong40

    calfstrong40 New Member

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    Did you see the calf nurse after it was born? Did it get any colostrum?
     

  3. cotopaxi14

    cotopaxi14 Member

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    You might want to start treating with anti-biotics. It might be an overreaction but I wouldn't risk it
     
  4. vdagiel

    vdagiel New Member

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    Without knowing why the calf died I think it's premature to treat with antibiotics.
    All that does is allow organisms to build up a resistance to that antibiotic if it's given when not needed.
     
  5. calfstrong40

    calfstrong40 New Member

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    Next time you have a calf die out of the blue. I would consider you call you vet and get a post op done, the vet could take tissue samples from the dead calf and be able to help determine the cause of death to help in the future, when choosing a vaccine for your herd.
     
  6. vdagiel

    vdagiel New Member

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    Calfstrong gave great advice.
     
  7. stock__contractorBB

    stock__contractorBB New Member

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    Could have a problem in his body