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Goofy Cows?

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Howdy everyone. We were hoping to gain some insight as to why our small heard of 7 cross-bred cows are running like idiots around the pasture every day at about dusk. We are located in South Central Texas, and the conditions are very dry here right now. They only started this about 3 weeks ago, and our original thought was coyotes, as they were acting very scared after their evening run by hiding underneath trees. This hasn't been the case as there is nothing out there in the pasture to scare them. They start running with their tails curled up over their backs with no provocation at the same time each night. Has anyone heard of anything like this? Any insight would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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My guess would be heelflys

dun

> Howdy everyone. We were hoping to
> gain some insight as to why our
> small heard of 7 cross-bred cows
> are running like idiots around the
> pasture every day at about dusk.
> We are located in South Central
> Texas, and the conditions are very
> dry here right now. They only
> started this about 3 weeks ago,
> and our original thought was
> coyotes, as they were acting very
> scared after their evening run by
> hiding underneath trees. This
> hasn't been the case as there is
> nothing out there in the pasture
> to scare them. They start running
> with their tails curled up over
> their backs with no provocation at
> the same time each night. Has
> anyone heard of anything like
> this? Any insight would be much
> appreciated! Thanks!
 
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Anonymous

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> My guess would be heelflys

> dun

Thanks Dun. After doing a bit of research on your prognosis, it seems that heelflys might just be the culprit. We moved them last week on Memorial Day to another pasture with much more shade, grass and a tank for them to retreat in, and they were wormed with Ivermec pour on then as well. They've still been agitated at about dusk every night, but upon the last visit to check on them, they weren't as freaky as they were in our home pasture. It sounds like we ought to dose them with wormer again in another month or so?

Thanks again!

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