Interesting that many think knowledge will allow you to spot problems.
Years ago I was asking a family friend with a feedlot why he was giving cortisone shots in the throat to some steers he'd been treating for pneumonia, becoming chronic (cortisone suppresses immunity). He finally admitted he was making them look better temporarily while he was taking them to the sale. This guy was my church leader as a youth.
I've read here of people who buy a "fence crawler" and swear they acted fine in the sale ring. Then it is recommended here to "ship her". To where? Wasn't recommended to mark as kill only. Guess if you can be fooled, you can fool the next guy.
backhoeboogie wrote:The next time you are at the sale barn, see if there is a vet working the sale. Some of the sale barns will have vets to de-horn, innoculate etc. Ask the vet what it would cost to give your cows a shot of nuflour (hopefully 6 cc) and nasalgen. If it is reasonable, have it done immediately. Cheap insurance. Also ask him to sell you some nuflour.
If you can get a hold of some Nuflour yourself, run them through the head gate and give them a shot when you get them home.
A week or so after they have settled, eating well and all is fine, start them on their immunizations. Just make sure that the Nuflour etc has had time to clear their system before you give them immunizations. Give them their booster immunizations two weeks after that. Then they are safe to mix with the rest of the herd.
If they already have fever, Banamine knocks the fever really well.
I lost three head myself back in August. I was out of Nuflour. That won't happen again. Or else I won't buy any cows until I get my hands on some.
With this heavy use of antibiotics, I wonder how long they will work. Bacteria become resistant to them, as happened with penicillin, etc. I was talking to a young man yesterday who does cultures of infections in the hospital. I asked him which bug he finds most, and his answer was MRSA (methicillin resistant staph. aureus, methicillin is a type of penicillin). Nasty bug that now likes to kill people. Alot of bugs are shared twixt people and animals so animal antibiotic use can affect humans.
My thinking is if your practices make antibiotics routinely necessary, there is something wrong. Also gives PETA more ammo.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”