huge swelling

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I was recently at a cattle sale and I saw a calf with a huge swelled ball on the side of his neck it was larger than a basketball.(not joking)He seemed otherwise healthy with plenty of energy.I just wondered if Vickie or any of you others have any idea what that was?Does that sound treatable?Thank you all for your knowledge.

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Sounds like an abscess or tumour. Abscess is treatable but will leave scarring in hide and meat of neck, tumour will cause culling of animal's front half at slaughter AT THE VERY LEAST. Without touching it, you'd never know.