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What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Cross-7 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:48 pm

He’s real short coupled. Short stubby legs, short neck, funny shaped head. Doesn’t move well and lays around all the time.
He older than some of the others and way smaller.
He’s built like a midget.
I banded him yesterday and he only had one testicle.

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Nesikep » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:24 pm

weird.. momma has milk? Some kind of dwarfism? I dunno.. Just pulled all the short straws
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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by TCRanch » Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:57 pm

He is a stubby little dude! Cross, I got nuthin' but seem to recall a fairly recent post about a possible dwarf calf.

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Cross-7 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:48 pm

Somebody posted something awhile back.
I searched for it but I can’t find it.

His mother has raised really good calves in the past, same bull and everything.
Only thing is she had a lump on her jaw last summer. Lanced it and gave antibiotic.
I DIDN’T give her sodium iodide

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by wbvs58 » Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:05 pm

Could he be a PI (BVD), more often in calves from heifers but also mature cows calves if no previous exposure?

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by bird dog » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:13 pm

Just your common dink. Take your $200 and move on. Give the cow another chance if she ain't real old. Sometimes there just seems to be a genetic mash up that brings on one of these.

The buyers for for kids rodeos like them. One step above mutton bustin.

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Caustic Burno » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:53 pm

Cross-7 wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:48 pm
He’s real short coupled. Short stubby legs, short neck, funny shaped head. Doesn’t move well and lays around all the time.
He older than some of the others and way smaller.
He’s built like a midget.
I banded him yesterday and he only had one testicle.

https://i.postimg.cc/LXXyM023/9-D2-E31- ... E294-B.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/LXXyM023/9-D2-E31- ... E294-B.jpg

What is the breed? Dwarfism is common genetic defect in English cattle.
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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by ga.prime » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:55 am

Momma cow got hooked up with the neighbor's miniature Dexter bull.
where'd it come from, how'd it get there?

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Cross-7 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:21 am

Caustic Burno wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:53 pm
Cross-7 wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:48 pm
He’s real short coupled. Short stubby legs, short neck, funny shaped head. Doesn’t move well and lays around all the time.
He older than some of the others and way smaller.
He’s built like a midget.
I banded him yesterday and he only had one testicle.

https://i.postimg.cc/LXXyM023/9-D2-E31- ... E294-B.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/LXXyM023/9-D2-E31- ... E294-B.jpg

What is the breed? Dwarfism is common genetic defect in English cattle.

Angus cow out of a Limflex bull

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:37 am

Angus and Hereford are the worst for dwarfism. If I remember right dwarfism is more easily repeated in Angus versus Herefords. It is only one gene involved in the Angus deformities versus multiple in the Hereford. The Hereford deformities often result in snorter calves. I know SH are effected by the deformities as well, I don’t recall ever seeing one.

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by TCRanch » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:23 am

Cross-7 wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:48 pm
Somebody posted something awhile back.
I searched for it but I can’t find it.

His mother has raised really good calves in the past, same bull and everything.
Only thing is she had a lump on her jaw last summer. Lanced it and gave antibiotic.
I DIDN’T give her sodium iodide
http://cattletoday.com/forum/viewtopic. ... 9&t=118459

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Mat Man » Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:14 am

I not sure banding one nut is a good ideal. The only ones I have seen if left alone the other nut will drop later. Now it will never drop.

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Cross-7 » Fri Mar 22, 2019 11:26 am

Mat Man wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:14 am
I not sure banding one nut is a good ideal. The only ones I have seen if left alone the other nut will drop later. Now it will never drop.
He was born December 26 so it should be down by now. I felt around good to make sure it wasn’t just sucked up.
I’m positive he only had one.
I don’t think he has much hope of making it. He’s getting heavy and wide and not getting around very well.
Like his legs can’t support him and he is really unquarantined

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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by PRCattleCo » Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:19 am

Genetics is the problem. Everything I have ready and the pictures I looked at tell me flat out that genetics didn't give him a chance.

He won't make it to finishing weight. If he does, it will be beyond 30-months, which makes him a "hard-bone"
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Re: What’s wrong with this calf ?

Post by Silver » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:31 pm

Doesn't appear to be a dwarf to me. Other issues at play methinks.

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