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dead cow in pond

Post by keysbottles » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:26 pm

My place is rented at the moment and there is a dead cow floating in the pond. I notified the renter and he said he would see what he could do about. That was two days ago and the cow is still there. How concerned should I be if it is not removed? thanks in advance Don


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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by kenny thomas » Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:28 pm

I would be concerned enough to tell him to remove her from the pond or the rest of his herd from the property. Not sure what the health risk is but it couldn't be good.
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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by Dave » Mon Jun 24, 2019 3:34 pm

It has been 2 days and he hasn't shown his face? I would call him and tell to come get it out. If he lives say an hour away I would give him an hour and 30 minutes to make it happen. Tell him if he can't make it in that time to just bring a trailer to haul off the rest of his cows. And to get them hauled off by sunset.

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by Little Cow » Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:11 pm

The longer he waits, the worse the damage. An animal in that long is likely to fall apart when you try to remove it (ever try to fish a dead rat out of a water trough after two days?). Nasty job and there is already enough damage done to the water source. Might be best to make him pay to have the pond cleaned professionally. Could you call those folks that treat retention ponds?

Poor herd management. Probably needs to move on when his lease is up.

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by ga.prime » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:24 pm

He should have been there asap with a chain and a tractor or you should have and sent him a bill.
where'd it come from, how'd it get there?

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by TCRanch » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:25 pm

I recently had a dead bull that was struck by lightning and wasn't decomposing (even had him posted). I needed to let the cattle in that section of the pasture & was concerned about potential health risks. General consensus when I posted here on CT was no health risk to the other cattle BUT I knew for a fact the cause of death; i.e. no disease or anything transmittable. Couple years ago I had a cow with lymphoma that went down in a creek. Called my vet for his opinion on potential water contamination and he recommended getting her out if there was any way possible before she died because it was a significant water source for the herd (she actually made it out on her own so all good).

Since you (and evidently the renter) don't know the cause of death I would be concerned about the quality of the water. Is it flowing at all? If a creek runs in/out and you have a dam & whistle(s), maybe not as much of a problem but I still wouldn't want a dead cow floating for days. I definitely wouldn't want him as a renter! Give him a definitive time to remove her - and the rest of his cattle.

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by 5S Cattle » Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:28 pm

Boy would I be hot right now... but I’d also buy a 12 pack and watch this fool dig cow parts out of my pond when the time comes. Up wind of course

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by Hippie Rancher » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:22 pm

somebody needs to drag it out of the water. maybe that is just me and my location, I am kinda sensitive to contaminating water sources since it is usually pretty dry here.

otherwise if you don't need the water it will probably be Ok in a few months, depending on volumes and site ecology. hope she didn't die of anything contagious.

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by Redgully » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:41 pm

Do you guys have yabbies or marron in your dams there? They'll make short work of it if you do. Could get a bit gross though.

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by snoopdog » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:09 pm

I would get it out, and he would have a bill. 2 days and nothing done, no.
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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by Coosh71 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:23 pm

snoopdog wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:09 pm
I would get it out, and he would have a bill. 2 days and nothing done, no.
Do you have any sort of contract? We have always drawn up a contract if/when we lease pasture or field for crops. It's for this reason exactly that we do a contract. So that we have an out if needed. I'd get it out then get him out.

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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by Aaron » Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:09 pm

Hopefully this pond is hidden from public view. Things like that just open you up for animal welfare complaints and you don't have a leg to stand on.
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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by JW IN VA » Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:23 pm

Landlords I used to rent from called me once to say I had dead cow in the creek there.Probably due to water hemlock but who knows?It was in the summer and when I pulled her out with the boom on the backhoe,I almost had to come off the seat.
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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by greybeard » Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:34 am

Redgully wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:41 pm
Do you guys have yabbies or marron in your dams there? They'll make short work of it if you do. Could get a bit gross though.
Lol..they'll have crawfish there I imagine, which are small fresh water crustaceans that look like really little lobsters It would take a bunch of 'em to eat a cow..

What's the thoughts on ecoli hazards?
I know it can live in soil..can it live in mud?

I haven't had a dead cow in the ponds in many years, but did have 2 calves in there at different times in the last 6-7 years. his is the last one and it smelled bad enough after 2 days. Pretty sure dogs ran it into the water and it drowned. 2 days old I think.
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Re: dead cow in pond

Post by sstterry » Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:04 am

I had a neighbor once that took a longhorn down to the creek and shot it and pushed it over the bridge. The stream feeds my property downstream. He was not a farmer and just had a couple as pets and it was obvious it was his because he was the only person with longhorns around. He had to lead it about a 1/4 mile to get there (not a very savory fellow).

I called the Sheriff and had a deputy come. Deputy and I went to the guy's house and told him to get it out now. I am sure he did not want to take the trouble to bury it so he led it down there and shot it. That is the only way it could have happened.

Cost him more in the end than if he had just paid someone with a backhoe!

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