- Aug 1, 2017
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Hi guys, I'm new here but need some help. My son has a red shorthorn steer,Lincoln, born 4/3/16. We have had him since September 2016 in a 1/2 acre pasture at our house with 2 female sheep. Until last week he had never left our property and was looking great. Last Monday we walked him across the street to our school farm to practice showmanship with the other 2 ffa steers. He did great being around them, but had diarrhea the next day which we figured was stress induced. On Tuesday he was trailered and taken to a different school farm with 10 steers for a show class. He again did great, but the diarrhea was getting worse and he appeared bloated. We gave him some baking soda in his grain to help with the bloat. Wednesday he didn't appear as bloated and his stool was starting to harden up again. But Wednesday night was our fair pre weigh in, so again he was trailered. Thursday he was eating fine, but didn't seem to feel well, which we again figured was the stress from traveling this week. On Friday we noticed he wasn't drinking as much water as normal, which could have also been from the heat. It's been over 100 degrees here for the last week. Saturday it was really hot and he spent most of the day laying under a shade tree eating hay. Sunday we brought him into the front yard, washed him and let him eat some green grass. He seemed to be doing ok, but not his normal energetic self. Monday we took his temp and it was 103.0 in the morning, 103.2 at 5, and 103.7 at 9pm. I have taken a stool sample to a vet for testing and the mobile vet will be here around 11am this morning. Has anyone had a steer get this sick from stress??? We have also looked into BVD, which I dont think he has based on symptoms. Coccidia(sp) is another possibility. Any info, feedback, or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!