sick calf ?

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by Caren, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Caren

    Caren Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'm not sure what is wrong if anything is wrong with this calf.

    We went out to do chore tonight and this little calf (about 200#) was standing around scrunched up and and shivering. I also noticed his hair is thick and shaggy. DH says the calf stands around a lot but tonight is the first he has noticed his shivering.

    Do we have anything to worry out? We've put 50 calves through here and this is the first time I have noticed this.....

    Caren
     
  2. dagwood

    dagwood Well-Known Member

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    It sounds like a case of "cold stress" which is the calf's way to deal with hypothermia.

    I'd put the calf in a warm dry area.....even use an old electric blanket for added warmth if you have one available. And give him electrolyte's too.
     

  3. allenslabs

    allenslabs Saanen & Boer Breeder

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    Have you wormed him? Is he eating? I've only got a couple here but none have any thick and shaggy hair yet. It's cooling down but not that bad so far. If he were here I would most likely give him some penicillin or LA200 or something to give him a boost. Couldn't hurt really......