Pot bellied/bloated calves

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by nwcattleco, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. nwcattleco

    nwcattleco New Member

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    Howdy Everyone,

    New to this forum and new to raising livestock. We've been row crop farmers over the last 10 years but decided to diversify a little. We purchased a small herd that came with 4 cow calves (Angus/limousine cross). The calves were born around March and weaned in July. A bit early for our liking but they had already arrived at our place so we decided to give them a go. They were sickly in the beginning but after some shots, they bounced back and adapted to the pasture very nicely over the last 90 days. We rotated them to a different plot and they had access to a good bit of alfalfa and grain pellets, which may have caused them to get bloated. Alfalfa and pellets have been removed, now they just have access to tall fescue grass.

    3 of 4 currently look very stuffed but aren't showing any signs of pain (no stomach kicking, etc.) and are eating/drinking just fine. Bowels look normal too. Based on these pictures, do you folks think a vet should come out and take a gander at them or do we wait it out a bit longer?

    I appreciate all your help. I looked over some of the other posts and couldn't find an exact answer. However, the 2 threads right before my post about pot belly calves helped a decent bit.

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