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Anyone got cattle? got a question
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Jen/FL    Posted 06-22-2004 at 06:53:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 2 Brangus calves. Acutally closer to yearlings. A bull & a heifer. my little heifer Chloe has rubbed bald spots over her eyes. I need to put something on them for fly control, which I'll get something soon but I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what it was. I'm gonna take a picture of both calves (Chloe and my hubby named our Bull calf Norman cause of that movie City Slickers.) and post them so ya'll can see.

- Jen

Fern(Mi)    Posted 06-22-2004 at 12:29:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi:Jen/FL: Looks as though all the good folks below pretty well have you covered.
My first thought also is ringworm. Treatment is sunshine and tinture if Iodine. Farm stores carry it. Can't hurt. If the skin is rubbed raw, use red oil. any doubt about what to use, use both. Wont hurt, using Iodine first. Flies becoming problem and open sores put an insecticide tag in each animals each ear. Kills and keeps flies off.
To be truthful. I really need to see the problem.
And one more thing. Give them each a kiss for me. lol.
I think of something else this afternoon, I will get back.

KellyGa    Posted 06-22-2004 at 12:36:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Fern, you are a sweetheart, I knew you could help. :) Jen, if anybody knows about cows, this man does.

sid again    Posted 06-22-2004 at 09:37:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can think of another possibility and hesitate to mention it but it can be transmitted to humans I think. For that reason I suggest you contact someone local a vet or a good feed store that handles sanimal health proiducts or local producer. I wonder if it could be a sign of ringworms. Again I am just guessing without seeing what you have, but suggestyou consulate someone close by who can look at it.

mike    Posted 06-22-2004 at 11:14:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
ringworm was my first thought. had it when I was a kid, still have 2 scars on my shoulder size of 1/2 dollars.If you could show us a good picture of em I could identify it for ya.

sid    Posted 06-22-2004 at 09:00:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is it pink fresh looking skin or is it dry and scally looking? It is hard to say without being able to see it, lice is a possibility but I would think the other animal would have it too. Just over the eyes makes me think of warts as a possibilitiy

Dee in mid MO    Posted 06-22-2004 at 08:58:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Liquid pour ons / injections / ear tags for pest control. Just from your description of rubbing raw, could be chewing lice but you really need to investigate?? Why don't you call your local Ag extension service or your vet? Your local farm store should be able to help you with safe appropriate products. Lots of resources on the internet too. Dee

KellyGa    Posted 06-22-2004 at 08:49:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jen, I know just who to ask about this. He is on hiatus from this forum, so I will see what he says, I am sure he can help, may be later on today, k? Looking for the pics too. :)

Texas    Posted 06-22-2004 at 08:47:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Could be lice, but I would think its still too cool for that. Is she just head rubbing and doing this?

cowlady    Posted 06-22-2004 at 10:21:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would also guess lice. We generally treat for that in the fall, however noticed recently one of our little calves had a "patch" so we treated all. (Look up PBS animal health supply on internet) We like Eprinex, because it is safe for cows, calves. It is a pour on, easy to measure and use. It is also a little pricey, but worth it. PBS seems to be about 25% or more lower in cost for supplies.

However, ringworm will go around the eyes like you describe. You can treat ringworm with over the counter fungicide cream not spray(Lamisil, Tenactin etc.) be persistant as ringworm seems to be getting more and more treatment resistant, and WEAR GLOVES! And some people like Blue Star ointment, or carmex. Sunlight helps get rid of ringworm too. Once it gets into the soil it's hard to get rid of. We try to repack the clay/dirt and power wash the walls with bleach and water once a year. Then we use sand with pine wood chips on top as bedding (which are scooped clean every day)

We have NEVER had good luck solving the fly problem (and our barn is generally "poop" free!) If we are going to get some ready to show we will use the fly spray used on horses.

Our barn methods may be a little extreme or unpractical for general purposes, but we usually have 4 or 5 4H/FFA projects in there so we have lots of help!!! Good Luck. Lice are miserable little creatures and will suck the energy right out of your animals.

Can't wait to hear from Fern. We never had ringworm for over 15 years until we started going to shows/fairs. Another good reason for a quarentine pasture!

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