Calf licking hands

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  1. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    Have a neighbor saying an old farmer from her childhood said that a calf that licked a persons hand gained a bacteria which lead to the calf dying. Has anyone heard this before?

    Apparently this is not true in that a great many have licked my hands without dying over the years.
     
  2. LuckyGRanch

    LuckyGRanch Well-Known Member

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    Just what did that old farmer have on his hands?! :eek:
     

  3. AnnB

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    This has more to do with not allowing the calves to lick everybody who visits.
    Took me a while to figure out that that was where our scour problems were coming from.

    Ann B
     
  4. willow_girl

    willow_girl Very Dairy

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    Hmmm, interesting!

    I noticed when my heifer was very young (> a week) she went around licking (or tasting) EVERYTHING!

    I wondered if this was nature's way of exposing calves to certain bacteria (possible pathogens) when they still have maximum immunity from mom's colostrum?