Posted 5/13/2019 08:20 (#7494572) Subject: Cheap calves doing what they do best.
Getting sick. Last 2 days has been a nonstop rain/drizzle accompanied by a temp drop from 65-70 to 40-45. Saw this coming and started most pens on sulfa in the water trying to get ahead of them. Nothing unexpected, and I know good calves get sick too, but seems I always have a few to doctor when the weather starts to yo-yo. Buying mostly the sorts and goof balls this is what you can expect. For my operation this is still the way to go I believe, but not without the extra work sometimes.
I don’t normally use much of it but I had a bottle of zactran around from treating foot rot in a group of feeder lambs. Hit about 10 Hd yesterday from 3 different groups with Zactran, banamine (generic) and dex (generic). With much surprise everybody was back to the bunks this morning, hopefully it’s just not the banamine talking. Two groups of the lighter calves are still on sulfa in the water. I have some 25 gal mineral tubs I get from a local dairy. I set them in the pen in front of there normal waterer and hose fill 2x daily. They seem to really enjoy drinking from those little tubs and the water is always fresh. I also use them when I first bring groups in to help stay hydrated. Next step is to get back around with some straw and get all the pens bedded back up, they’re really not bad now, but bedding them deep is always cheap!