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I was wondering if anybody knows if putting a magnet in a cow that possibly has hardware disease would hurt her worse if whatever might be in there would move in the wrong direction. ( have just been reading up on it and she has alot of the symptoms) The symptoms have been there for quite a long time thinking back on it . The last time we had the vet look at her we were treating her for her feet because of how she was walking and that was more than a year ago. Now putting symptoms together - walking tenderly, a little hunched over, decreased manure output ( little at a time) not very active, coughs sometimes. She is a very fat cow and loves to eat, so we always put a lot of these things to being over weight and have been trying to get her to get in better condition by cutting her grain. She has not gotten bred for 3 years in a row but someone has always talked me into giving her 1 more chance! Now if she is not bred she is down the road ! If she does have hardware disease , can I still send her in for hamburger or is there a way that that affects the meat? Thanks for your help!
 

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Dropping a magnet in her can't hurt, but I doubt very seriously if it will help. She'll go as cutters and canners anyway, save the money and ship her.

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Kelly":399m7p6h said:
I was wondering if anybody knows if putting a magnet in a cow that possibly has hardware disease would hurt her worse if whatever might be in there would move in the wrong direction. ( have just been reading up on it and she has alot of the symptoms) The symptoms have been there for quite a long time thinking back on it . The last time we had the vet look at her we were treating her for her feet because of how she was walking and that was more than a year ago. Now putting symptoms together - walking tenderly, a little hunched over, decreased manure output ( little at a time) not very active, coughs sometimes. She is a very fat cow and loves to eat, so we always put a lot of these things to being over weight and have been trying to get her to get in better condition by cutting her grain. She has not gotten bred for 3 years in a row but someone has always talked me into giving her 1 more chance! Now if she is not bred she is down the road ! If she does have hardware disease , can I still send her in for hamburger or is there a way that that affects the meat? Thanks for your help!
 

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It seems like the Vets would carry metal detectors with them. It wouldn't be all that difficult to tie the animal to a post away from any metal. Wouldn't this eliminate a lot of guess work? I know if I suspected hardware the first thing I would do is run a metal detector over the animal. Just a thought! :?

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Like Dun says, can't hurt to run a magnet down her. Pretty inexpensive treatment for a cow. Only time I've seen hardware here, the cow got thinner, not fatter and it was over a couple of months time frame.

Just a little suggestion on your cow. Don't take it personally, but if she's been open that long, the chances of her re-breeding are pretty slim. It just seems like those kind of cows get too fat to rebreed. Look nice, but essentially Welfare animals. Don't pay their way and are just a financial drain on the operation. Usually just best to can her and replace her with a bred or pair.

Anyway, good luck with your cow. Hope things work out well for you.
Take care.
 

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Another thing to remember is that metal is not the culprit in every case of hardware, much less ferrous metal.

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Also it doesn't take a very big piece to cause serious problems.

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Another thing to remember is that metal is not the culprit in every case of hardware, much less ferrous metal.

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Think you've waited too long to give her wheels. One missed pregnancy during one year year is too much in my book. I don't think "three strikes and you're out" should apply with missed pregnances.

On Hardware Disease:

Generically, we can consider such non-ferrous items (harmful to livestock) as bits of glass, plastic, string from hay bales, aluminum can tabs, and other trash that finds its way into pastures and pens. To me, a magnet would only "collect" more ferrous material in a blob--wouldn't get rid of it.

Keep livestock areas "policed" for foreign objects--not that difficult unless one's pasture(s) are hundreds or thousands of acres.

Just some thoughts...
 
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dun":2yq7doxa said:
Dropping a magnet in her can't hurt, but I doubt very seriously if it will help. She'll go as cutters and canners anyway, save the money and ship her.

dun

Kelly":2yq7doxa said:
I was wondering if anybody knows if putting a magnet in a cow that possibly has hardware disease would hurt her worse if whatever might be in there would move in the wrong direction. ( have just been reading up on it and she has alot of the symptoms) The symptoms have been there for quite a long time thinking back on it . The last time we had the vet look at her we were treating her for her feet because of how she was walking and that was more than a year ago. Now putting symptoms together - walking tenderly, a little hunched over, decreased manure output ( little at a time) not very active, coughs sometimes. She is a very fat cow and loves to eat, so we always put a lot of these things to being over weight and have been trying to get her to get in better condition by cutting her grain. She has not gotten bred for 3 years in a row but someone has always talked me into giving her 1 more chance! Now if she is not bred she is down the road ! If she does have hardware disease , can I still send her in for hamburger or is there a way that that affects the meat? Thanks for your help!

If A cow has Hardware her carcass is condemned. The meat is bad.
 
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Thanks for suggestions. I have the vet coming out to preg check - if she is bred I will try a magnet if not she is gone! I have a hard time believing she ate metal of any sort as I am always picking up anything in the pastures , unless it was something buried in a rock pile of a pasture we lease. I did think about a metal detector but would have to go buy one.
Thanks again
 

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