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Steers not shedding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:16 pm

I've got steers out on grass and they're not shedding their winter coats. They have mineral. Grass is belly deep. They've been vaccinated and wormed. Is it just the crazy weather year or will they get around to shedding eventually? They look like rusted brillo pads.



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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by turklilley » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:19 pm

I have the same problem. Yearlings are slow to shed. Next year, they will be ok.

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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:26 pm

Next year someone else will own them. Or that's the plan anyway. Hopefully, they sell for more than what I paid for them.

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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Bright Raven » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:34 pm

It could be due to fescue toxicity.
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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by snoopdog » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:10 pm

Some shed and some don't, doesn't affect what they'll bring in the ring. If they got the makeup they'll do fine, don't worry about haircoat.
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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:40 pm

Thanks snoopdog. That was my concern. Them looking rough in the sale ring. It'll be awhile before they're sold so they still have time. Our weather has been so goofy that may be part of it. I'm too far west for fescue, BR. I'm on the western edge of Kansas' tall grass prairie and the eastern edge of the short grass county. Little Blue, Big Blue, Indian grass, buffalo grass, legumes.

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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Nesikep » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:49 pm

I have a bunch that haven't shed out yet either, first timer's especially look a bit ragged, old cows are all slick.
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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Stocker Steve » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:07 am

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:16 pm
I've got steers out on grass and they're not shedding their winter coats. They have mineral. Grass is belly deep. They've been vaccinated and wormed. Is it just the crazy weather year or will they get around to shedding eventually? They look like rusted brillo pads.
They want you to grain them every day.
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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by TCRanch » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:55 am

CC I have some retained heifers that still haven't shed. And the majority of the calves. We have had freaky weather this year and I suspect that has something to do with it.

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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by gcreekrch » Thu Jul 04, 2019 7:50 am

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:16 pm
I've got steers out on grass and they're not shedding their winter coats. They have mineral. Grass is belly deep. They've been vaccinated and wormed. Is it just the crazy weather year or will they get around to shedding eventually? They look like rusted brillo pads.
Black cattle with a red tinge?
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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Stocker Steve » Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:42 am

Two percent of my cows have not shed out, and they are on the cull list. They are all English/Continental crosses that seem to have gotten the wrong genes. Damm cross breds. :cowboy: Dry lot bulls were rough this spring after wintering on cow hay. I gave them each a gallon of oats per day and they shined right up.

If you want to try to slick up yearlings w/o grain, you have to leave more residual in the pasture at the end of the grazing period so they can select the ice cream grass and clover. Stocker ADG is all about maintenance energy and pasture residual.
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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Chocolate Cow2 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:55 am

Yes. Mostly blacks. Their hair coat has the appearance of a rusted Brillo pad. Reddish, dry, rough. There are 85 on 320 acres. 3 ponds, one fresh water well source and trees scattered throughout. Free choice mineral & salt.
TC-we've been cool up till maybe a week ago or so. Just like you. The cows have slicked off good but these steers... Maybe they need more copper in their mineral?

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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by Allenw » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:58 pm

Somebody the other day said they had that problem with calves not shedding and was advised to worm the with fenbendazole, said they cleaned up after wards.

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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by gcreekrch » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:39 am

Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:55 am
Yes. Mostly blacks. Their hair coat has the appearance of a rusted Brillo pad. Reddish, dry, rough. There are 85 on 320 acres. 3 ponds, one fresh water well source and trees scattered throughout. Free choice mineral & salt.
TC-we've been cool up till maybe a week ago or so. Just like you. The cows have slicked off good but these steers... Maybe they need more copper in their mineral?
Bingo! That hair coat is the first indicator of copper shortage.
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Re: Steers not shedding

Post by TCRanch » Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:03 am

gcreekrch wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:39 am
Chocolate Cow2 wrote:
Thu Jul 04, 2019 11:55 am
Yes. Mostly blacks. Their hair coat has the appearance of a rusted Brillo pad. Reddish, dry, rough. There are 85 on 320 acres. 3 ponds, one fresh water well source and trees scattered throughout. Free choice mineral & salt.
TC-we've been cool up till maybe a week ago or so. Just like you. The cows have slicked off good but these steers... Maybe they need more copper in their mineral?
Bingo! That hair coat is the first indicator of copper shortage.
Good to know, thanks!

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