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Foot Rot

Post by LJCB » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:29 am

Had 2 cows come up lame. Thought maybe they had a thorn in the hoofs. Took them to the vet and both had foot rot in the same hoof. Been on pasture a month and not really sure how they got it. We have had a lot of rain is the only thing I can think of.



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Re: Foot Rot

Post by Ebenezer » Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:11 pm

Be sure that you are supplementing iodine at max levels.

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Re: Foot Rot

Post by Son of Butch » Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:06 pm

EDDI -Salt - iodine helps prevent foot rot.

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Re: Foot Rot

Post by LJCB » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:31 pm

I have Purina mineral out with salt blocks never had an issue before

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Re: Foot Rot

Post by Boot Jack Bulls » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:42 pm

LJCB wrote:
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I have Purina mineral out with salt blocks never had an issue before
It's been a pretty wet spring for most of the nation. Salt with EDDI is the cheapest fix/prevention.
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Re: Foot Rot

Post by TCRanch » Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:31 pm

Don't know how bad the ticks are in your area (if at all) but I get a VFD from the vet every year for mineral with CTC. It's clearly stated on the VFD that it's only intended for anaplasmosis but can also aid in the prevention of foot rot. We're rotten soggy, have had a ridiculous amount of rain this year and I'm amazed none of my girls have had foot rot. Yet.

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Re: Foot Rot

Post by snoopdog » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:09 pm

Same here TC, I just don't remember a spring this wet. We haven't had any problems in our herd ,but have doctored some in others. I keep waiting for an outbreak of either pinkeye or foot rot, because the conditions are as ripe as ever.
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Re: Foot Rot

Post by cow pollinater » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:14 pm

You can vaccinate for it but I never have so I don't know how well it works. I've always figured for something like foot rot that I can see on an individual basis that doesn't affect the entire herd it's easier and cheaper to just run them through the chute or rope them as needed.

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Re: Foot Rot

Post by TCRanch » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:11 am

cow pollinater wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:14 pm
You can vaccinate for it but I never have so I don't know how well it works. I've always figured for something like foot rot that I can see on an individual basis that doesn't affect the entire herd it's easier and cheaper to just run them through the chute or rope them as needed.
Agree. But curious if anyone on here does vaccinate for foot rot?

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Re: Foot Rot

Post by Aaron » Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:40 am

TCRanch wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:11 am
cow pollinater wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:14 pm
You can vaccinate for it but I never have so I don't know how well it works. I've always figured for something like foot rot that I can see on an individual basis that doesn't affect the entire herd it's easier and cheaper to just run them through the chute or rope them as needed.
Agree. But curious if anyone on here does vaccinate for foot rot?
Used to do my bulls, but when first bull got footrot afterwards, I quit doing it. I only get the odd case in bulls every half dozen years, so the expense didn't make sense. There is no sure-fire cure in a bottle.
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Re: Foot Rot

Post by Silver » Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:56 pm

Aaron wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:40 am
TCRanch wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:11 am
cow pollinater wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:14 pm
You can vaccinate for it but I never have so I don't know how well it works. I've always figured for something like foot rot that I can see on an individual basis that doesn't affect the entire herd it's easier and cheaper to just run them through the chute or rope them as needed.
Agree. But curious if anyone on here does vaccinate for foot rot?
Used to do my bulls, but when first bull got footrot afterwards, I quit doing it. I only get the odd case in bulls every half dozen years, so the expense didn't make sense. There is no sure-fire cure in a bottle.
We used to do our bulls also. We got some cases of foot rot anyway. I do think the vaccine made the foot rot easier to treat, but that's about it.
I just use the Medi-Dart on cases I get these days. For the few cases that crop up it seems like it's one of those diseases that's easier to treat the symptoms than spending a bunch of time and money on prevention.

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Re: Foot Rot

Post by gcreekrch » Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:15 pm

Silver wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:56 pm
Aaron wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:40 am
TCRanch wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:11 am

Agree. But curious if anyone on here does vaccinate for foot rot?
Used to do my bulls, but when first bull got footrot afterwards, I quit doing it. I only get the odd case in bulls every half dozen years, so the expense didn't make sense. There is no sure-fire cure in a bottle.
We used to do our bulls also. We got some cases of foot rot anyway. I do think the vaccine made the foot rot easier to treat, but that's about it.
I just use the Medi-Dart on cases I get these days. For the few cases that crop up it seems like it's one of those diseases that's easier to treat the symptoms than spending a bunch of time and money on prevention.
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Dad always claimed a good run did almost as much good as anything. We have treated a few cases by soaking the foot In bleach and no antibiotics. The footrot went away just as fast.
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Re: Foot Rot

Post by TCRanch » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:35 pm

gcreekrch wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:15 pm
Silver wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:56 pm
Aaron wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:40 am


Used to do my bulls, but when first bull got footrot afterwards, I quit doing it. I only get the odd case in bulls every half dozen years, so the expense didn't make sense. There is no sure-fire cure in a bottle.
We used to do our bulls also. We got some cases of foot rot anyway. I do think the vaccine made the foot rot easier to treat, but that's about it.
I just use the Medi-Dart on cases I get these days. For the few cases that crop up it seems like it's one of those diseases that's easier to treat the symptoms than spending a bunch of time and money on prevention.
x 3 here.

Dad always claimed a good run did almost as much good as anything. We have treated a few cases by soaking the foot In bleach and no antibiotics. The footrot went away just as fast.
I've actually had good luck with Sustain III cattle boluses. Sometimes it's just not possible to get them to either the barn or corral to thorougly clean the foot/administer antibiotics so I'll break the bolus in half & hand feed them with cubes. Maybe because I usually catch it early? Dunno. But my girls are generally docile enough I can shove a stick, screwdriver or (worst case scenario) my finger between their toes & there's no mistaking the smell of foot rot.

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