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garnetann

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OK, I have my 7 cows and their 7 calves. Healthy, no problems. The landlord brings in 35 feeder steers and everything seemed ok. Then a couple of the steers had snotty noses, a little wheezing. One looked snotty enough I separated all of my girls and my calves in a smaller lot with a pasture between them and the feeder steers. Background, about a month ago, before the steers came in, all of mine including the calves were vaccinated, the girls had vision 20/20 7 way. After we separated them yesterday, we also gave the calves a round of pyramid 5 +. This morning, one of the steer calves was dead. All of mine look OK but I am scared to death of what they were exposed to. What should I do? I can't move them, but I will keep them separated as long as needed. My bull comes in two weeks... The vet indicated my cows should be fine, just worried about the calves.
 

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I would keep them as far apart as possible and cross my fingers.
 
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I got 4 months of them sharing my pasture. the steer calves looked OK tonight, I will watch them since apparently no one else is, but I am not sure what the owner of them is going to do. Me? I would have everyone up the chute getting doctored, but I do not have that authority.
 

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It may be an isolated death from blackleg or botulism or something like that. Keep yours isolated and watch out for more deaduns and don't stress, all will probably be OK.

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I'd vaccinate the cows with pyramid too, if you haven't already, before you turn your bull out.
 

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op did not give time frame as to arrival/death or age/size of the feeder steers, but appears all 35 feeder steers
got off trailer looking healthy then a day or two later 2 of them have respiratory problems indicative of shipping fever
and the following day one died
My bet is his cows and calves remain healthy.
 
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Well, so far so good. The steers owner must have been out there because one of the steers still had a syringe gun thingy hanging out of it. All the steers looked ok today. Mine are looking good. I did find out the steers had two rounds of vaccines before coming here, so maybe it was a fluke...I will turn mine out to the ajoining pasture, but not with the steers, maybe tonight. Will still keep them separated. I have no other place to keep them, pasture is a rare find around here, either to buy or rent. there is nothing...
 

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garnetann":37ptjyht said:
Well, so far so good. The steers owner must have been out there because one of the steers still had a syringe gun thingy hanging out of it. All the steers looked ok today. Mine are looking good. I did find out the steers had two rounds of vaccines before coming here, so maybe it was a fluke...I will turn mine out to the ajoining pasture, but not with the steers, maybe tonight. Will still keep them separated. I have no other place to keep them, pasture is a rare find around here, either to buy or rent. there is nothing...
2 rounds of vaccine won;t do squat for shipping fever. A strong healthy disposition will, it ehlps them to keep from being stressed by the moving selling crowding, etc BS that brings on shipping fever complex
 

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2 rounds of vaccine with the last round given 4 weeks before shipping strengthens the immune system allowing
the calves to fight off respiratory problems related to shipping fever. It's not 100% effective however any cases will
at least be milder. Weaning, shipping and giving 2nd round all on the same day is a recipe for disaster.
 
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