I buy all my calves from one dairy farmer. He has excellent calves and they are given colostrum right away and the navel is dipped. I have very few problems with these calves. Today I picked up a calf and it had blood behind it's ears. When I got it home I sprayed it with wound dressing to stop the flies. I noticed that the ears were swelling. With-in a few hours the ears were swollen to about an inch thick. The ears look as though they were pulled away from the head. When I called the farmer he told me that he had a heifer like that about a week ago and he put her on antibiotics and the swelling went down in a couple of days. I asked him if possibly one of his hired men had pulled the calf by it's ears. He defended the hired men and said they wouldn't do anything like that. For two calves in a week to have this problem that I have never seen before makes me suspicious. The head is also swollen around the ears. The calf is in pain and is grinding his teeth. The swelling has made it hard for him to suck. Do any of you have any other explanation for swollen ears on calves?