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I had just walked into the room and missed all the details about a farmer in Wi. finding 2oo dead cows in his pasture. Has anyone heard any details? Hope it's not any forum members.
 

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The Portage County sheriff's office says the owner of the cattle has been working with a local veterinarian and it's believed the animals died from the IBR/BVD virus. The virus can cause respiratory and reproductive problems.
WSAW reports samples from the dead cows have been sent to Madison for testing.
Authorities say there is no threat to humans or other animals
 

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Could IBR/BVD kill that many cows that fast? I guess it doesn't really say they were healthy the day or so before. Wonder how many cows he had total in the herd? Dairy or Beef herd? seems more likely it was some kind of poison for that many to just drop dead with little or no warning. Once again, it doesn't say if they were sick or healthy I am just guessing.
 

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bigbluegrass":1fmvfpxn said:
Could IBR/BVD kill that many cows that fast? I guess it doesn't really say they were healthy the day or so before. Wonder how many cows he had total in the herd? Dairy or Beef herd? seems more likely it was some kind of poison for that many to just drop dead with little or no warning. Once again, it doesn't say if they were sick or healthy I am just guessing.
It also doesn't say when the last time he saw them was.
 

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I bet that farmer will be a believer in vaccinating if he survives those losses.

My 2 cents,
Farmgirl
 

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bigbluegrass":2h1ud793 said:
Could IBR/BVD kill that many cows that fast? I guess it doesn't really say they were healthy the day or so before. Wonder how many cows he had total in the herd? Dairy or Beef herd? seems more likely it was some kind of poison for that many to just drop dead with little or no warning. Once again, it doesn't say if they were sick or healthy I am just guessing.

I agree that this scenario doesn't fit those viruses. My reading says they are rarely fatal, let alone 200 at once. Those viruses predispose cattle that are stressed and crowded to pneumonia, most commonly young animals in feedlots, but even then you don't get mass dying. Older cows in a field lack the stress and should be more immune.

Like you say, I'd be looking for something toxic in feed or water.
 

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from what ive read they concluded the cows died of pnuemonia, and didnt all necessarily die at one time but within 12 hours of showing symptoms. and the vet said they didnt respond to treatment. one article i read says they were steers.
 

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The mycotoxin makes more sense. I assume the veterinary team read this thread and decided to take bigbluegrass' and my suggestion and look for toxic feed. :D
 

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robertwhite":38frcnem said:
Cattle eat sweet potatoes? (and yes, I am serious)

The rumen is an amazing adaptation and can convert almost anything to life sustaining energy. A lot of things they will eat which will kill them include hardware lying around on the ground, wire on trailers in pastures, net wrap and string on hay bales, wet cement, and the list goes on.
 

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djinwa":duvnjxu0 said:
The mycotoxin makes more sense. I assume the veterinary team read this thread and decided to take bigbluegrass' and my suggestion and look for toxic feed. :D
Every once in awhile we get lucky and say something right :lol: :lol: I guess that was my once for this year :lol:
 

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Sorry- I just figured out you were keying in on my "ALL". I wasn't really trying to minimise your insightful suggestion to look at the feed.

That was aimed more at the land grant vets and ag specialists (and their students) who should have been tripping over themselves to figure out why there were 200 dead calves.
Had a situation here with cheatgrass that came in thick after the drought- I had to figure that one out on my own. and I resented that they weren't interested in my problem(involved 200 head+) as a learning opportunity.
 

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Howdyjabo":1hq6kdru said:
Sorry- I just figured out you were keying in on my "ALL". I wasn't really trying to minimise your insightful suggestion to look at the feed.

That was aimed more at the land grant vets and ag specialists (and their students) who should have been tripping over themselves to figure out why there were 200 dead calves.
Had a situation here with cheatgrass that came in thick after the drought- I had to figure that one out on my own. and I resented that they weren't interested in my problem(involved 200 head+) as a learning opportunity.

Well, either way, just kidding.

But yeah, it would be good training. Especially in the concept of not jumping to conclusions based on one sign/symptom. I'm not sure how the respiratory virus or pneumonia idea got started - perhaps someone assumed because of respiratory difficulty that's what they had, even if it didn't fit the big picture.
 

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