Post by mommasquilts on Sept 9, 2019 14:16:34 GMT -5
I went out to check one of my beef girls who is due and came across a buzzard feast in full swing. Turns out it was 76’s 10 day old calf that I was concerned about last night. She had turned to follow her mom and it appeared that her vulva and anus were red. It didn’t look like typical scours. There is no way we could have caught her last night. I’m fairly certain she has not been as perky as the other 22 new calves, but still nothing to really pinpoint from observation. Any ideas what could have happened to her?
As a morbid side note, I found her partly eaten (anus and belly —but not eyes)at 9am and rigor had not set in yet. By 2 pm all that was left was hide and bones. Those buzzards and Mexican eagles are nothing if not efficient.
Post by thystledown on Sept 9, 2019 16:44:31 GMT -5
ugh! So sorry! hope the birds didn't kill it. People just don't realize. I have a resident bald eagle and sooooo many vultures. I worry about them more than the coyotes/wolves/cougars. We have them all in good old New York State. Imagine that.
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I am so sorry this happened. Are they attracted to anything pink/red like chickens? You mentioned calf's behind was pink/irritated.
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Maybe they had tried to eat her already and the red you saw was her partially eaten behind. Lots of things eat the behind first as it is tender and easy to get to. Sorry this happened. On another forum these guys talk about these vultures killing a heifer that was having a bad calving. They are her behind and the calf. The farmer had to kill the heifer as her backend was half gone. They are very aggressive. watch your others close.
Post by westxgrl13 on Sept 9, 2019 23:48:19 GMT -5
Yes, I expect the calf was already getting eaten on before she was dead. Nature isn't always pretty, as we all know. I'm sorry.
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I don't know if the buzzards would have killed a 10 day old calf that was on it's feet. I do know that Black Vultures will kill calves as they are being born or right after, but I'm highly skeptical that even they would just pick at a healthy 10 day old calf to death. Black Vultures are the more aggressive ones, Turkey Vultures will not kill things. We keep a LGD in the field with our calving cows because of the Black Vultures, but I don't worry about Black Vultures getting calves once they are up and around. I don't know anything about Mexican eagles. What kind of vultures do you have there mommasquilts?
You say it seemed like she wasn't as perky as the others so it seems like she had something wrong and when she went down the birds cleaned her up. I wonder if she just had a birth defect or something that wasn't obvious.
Post by mommasquilts on Sept 10, 2019 12:10:33 GMT -5
Thanks y’all! This is one of the ugly sides of ranching. This is the second calf in as many days. Sort of demoralizing, but better to lose a calf than a cow.
On the bright side, DH and I just picked up 4 hot dipped galvanized gates(2 16 foot, 1 12 foot, and 1 10 foot) for $310 at a local gate company. We had to drive 30 or so miles but where we live, that’s local. They were seconds with minor blemishes, but nothing my cows wouldn’t do to them during the next roundup. I started out to price one gate from town and they wanted $337 for that one gate. I about choked. So, we ended up with 4 for less than the feed store wanted. 😁
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