calves with selenium defiency

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  1. Amymay

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    I recently bought 3 calves from a dairy farm that are 2 weeks old. They all have the selenium deficiency with the knuckled over front hooves. At birth they received colostrom, Bo-Se, and vitamin A-D. The herd manager said he has given them another 2 ml of Bo-Se a week later and that I could give them another 2ml in a couple of days. Any other suggestions? Will they outgrow this? They have splints on now, are they any help? Thank you!!
     
  2. wr

    wr Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    I've only encountered this a few times and I would certainly follow the instructions you were given. If the calves are generally healthy and active I feel they will outgrow the problem. I have never used splints because I just figured the muscles would grow stronger with use but that is not a vet diagnosis.
     

  3. Ronney

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    Do you know for a fact that these calves are selenium deficiant or are you taking somebody elses word for it?

    Cheers,
    Ronnie
     
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    Thank you for the advice. They sure are pushy when it comes come to eat!
     
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    When I talked to the vet they seemed to know what I was talking about with the sypmtoms. I just wondered how long it takes them to recover because it sure looks like it would be uncomfortable and sometimes even painful.
     
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    All calves that I have seen with the curled front legs/feet seemed to be large calves that were in cramped quarters and within a brief time after being born self corrected with exercise. I would not be too concerned.
     
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    agmantoo, we see the same in foals of mares that are overly fat right before foaling.
     
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    That's why I asked if these calves were actually selenium deficient as I've had both lambs and calves born with the problem and the reason has been as Agman says. I think you may find these calves will come right on their own.

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