Post by thankfulx11 on Apr 6, 2010 11:12:13 GMT -5
We have a Jersey first time mom and her 3 week old calf. I've noticed that the mother has been losing some patches of hair within the past few days. The hair loss is mainly on her back and belly with a little bit of loss on her neck. This is more than shedding, as her skin is exposed. I was curious if this could be a hormonal issue since she gave birth recently. Would love to hear your suggestions!
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I bet she is shedding! Do you live somewhere that's had a cold winter? We live in Maine and our cow Helen is now shedding in exactly the same way as you describe in "patches" in exactly the same areas as you mentioned. If you look very closely, you'll see your cow's new summer wardrobe coming in. But I'm with you, it's an alarming sight the first time you see it.
This wouldn't be the case with your cow being three weeks fresh - or maybe it would? But a vet told me recently that cows go into a negative energy balance when they first freshen. Then over time, as they shift into a positive energy balance, they will drop their coat. I thought that was an interesting tip. Its a good sign.
Post by mamanaturale on Apr 6, 2010 14:31:27 GMT -5
i vote for shedding as well. i thought tira had a skin problem too, but it turns out my redhead is turning blonde!
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Post by Jerseylady*Heather* on Apr 6, 2010 15:15:57 GMT -5
My father in law's Jersey cow sheds out every spring it looks like she is going bald. if you look close you can see the new hair starting to grow. She does it every year. Perfectly normal. My Jersey doesnt do it to the extreme she does it varys beteween cows.
My Jersey does the same thing. I panicked last year because I thought she had mites or something. She was just going "blonde" on me. She started again this year, about 5 days ago. Shedding!!!
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Post by Rhein-O-Ranch on Apr 6, 2010 17:44:22 GMT -5
Most of the calves and cows on my place are doing the same thing. I forecast a long winter back in October when everybody grew lots of winter hair.....And I wasn't wrong. Now they are loosing it....I imagine that we may be in for a long hot summer....Seems like one extreme follows another.
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Post by nightskyfarm on Apr 6, 2010 21:00:54 GMT -5
Good, I thought they had lice because of the patchy bald spots on her neck and face and a couple places on her side. I knew by looking at the patches it wasn't ringworm. Treated her and the others for lice anyway. This is a first; the horses and goats do not shed like these cows do. Now I can calm down knowing it is normal.
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Yes, Natalie is very sleek...like a little boy who has just had his summer burr hair cut. Lynette looks like she has the mange. But it's supposed to get cooler again so she'll appreciate the extra warmth.
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Post by fullquiverfarm on Apr 7, 2010 10:22:09 GMT -5
So glad you asked this question. Our Jersey has little bald patches too. Last year she shed out more gradually, but this year she seems to be losing her hair faster than the new stuff is coming in. My mare sheds this way too, so I wasn't really worried, but its good to see how common it is.
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Most of my girls look "moth-eaten" right now. SunnyD first started her shedding this year around her eyes and at the bases of her ears, I was SURE she had mites or lice until she started shedding on her neck like everybody else.
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