Does Foxtail cause lumpjaw???

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KathynKansas

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After feeding hay that contained some foxtail, we have notice two cows with lumpjaw...is it a coincidence or does foxtail cause lumpjaw?
If it cause how can you get rid of it?
Thanks!!
 

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KathynKansas":241laoxw said:
After feeding hay that contained some foxtail, we have notice two cows with lumpjaw...is it a coincidence or does foxtail cause lumpjaw?
If it cause how can you get rid of it?
Thanks!!
was the hay real stemy....
 

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KathynKansas":182bl5vt said:
Yes it was.
from what i know eating any rough type hay could be the starting point, to let the bacteria itself in. by causing a sore in the mouth.. have you started treating it
 

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We have notices a corolation with fox tail and also barley green feed with barley awns. They poke inside the mouth area and if you do not catch it reall quick and early by flushing out the mouth and working in the mouth like a dentist, lumpy jaw is sure to happen.
Iodine IV works if you catch it real quick and early before the bone becomes honeycomb. Might need two treatments. We are also iodine defficient here so we put extra iodine in the mineral every so often. we follow the vet's recommendations. It has helped alot.

As well, once lumpy jaw breaks or absesses, you are putting the rest of the herd at risk. This is from experience and picking our vets brain. we do that alot.
What happens is, the bacteria is in the jaw contained. Once the sores break open either in the mouth or outside the mouth, the bactereia is shed. The cow sheds it in the hay or gain by drooling and the pus on the feed. She also sheds it in the water trough.
If an animal has a sore in it's mouth and feeds in the same area or drinks from the same fount, the bacteria enters the mouth and voila, another case.
The bacteria is naturally occuring in the cattle, but somehow once it enters the mouth and absesses, it doesn't mutate, but changes, and can then infect other cattle.
Word of advice from someone who has treated several, if treatment does not work, confine, keep away from others, and ship or rail grade, or euthanize.
We kept a few, "oh they raise a good calf" " wait until they wean" and we just got more cases. Once we cleared them out of the herd and used iodine as an aditive (must be careful not to od) we have not had another case. Hope the luch holds out.
 

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Yeah we have had foxtail problems too. Get a few with lumps on their jaw because of it, and it you put it in a feeder where they stick their face in it you get eye problems as well. The stuff is nothing but trouble, and contains no real nutritional value either.
 

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I don't know the species of foxtail your referring to? Fox Tail Barley is the bad stuff.
Most other Foxtails shouldn't be a problem.
 

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