I have a 4 month steer I got from a dairy farm. I have had him for two months and he seemed to be doing fine then last week we noticed he wasn’t quite himself. Normally sweet and playful was lethargic with sad eyes. Last Friday he bloated for the first time. Gave him bloat medicine and he was ok for couple of days and bloated again, we again treated. Bloat seemed to get better he is not eating grain like he was before this all started. Last night he bloated badly bloat treatment did not help and I ended up having to put needle into his rumen as he had laid down in middle of our walk and could not get up. Once pressure was released he did get up. Got Dexamethasone from vet as well as la200 and fast track. He made it through the night. Not eating grain or hay now, I know he’s hungry because he keeps trying to suck on me. I just don’t know what to do please help
He was eating hay as well. I don’t know if we should put back on milk replacer. We have read goats milk can be good because it is high in protein. Just want to get this sweet both healthy again. Very worried
Here are some possibilities: Parasites - take fecal sample to vet to find out Too high or inconsistent grain consumption. Is he eating it throughout the day or just right after you out out fresh grain? Does he share with other calves so quantities vary day to day? Too fine of grain. Not likely if you're feeding calf pellets. Not eating enough hay for the amount of grain.
We weaned him after we got him. He is only cow we have, eats grain great normally. Started eating only when refreshed. Trying to get him to eat more hay he seems to be picky eater. Grain I don’t believe is too fine it’s a sweet feed starter
After looking in sight more realized more info maybe needed. My steer is a Holstein born 7/3/2020. Had high temp as young calf was treated for cornovirus given furosemide, meloxicam and resflor. They did not feel he was strong enough to go to grower pen, so my boss owner of dairy gave him away, I took him because I have taken care of him since he was two weeks older and developed a bond with him. Brought him home got him eating grain and eventually weaned him. He was doing so very great eating grain 4-5 #S giving free choice of grass and hay not so excited about eating haya day to start then got to about 7#s then he just stopped eating as much and was only interested in grass. We live in south western wisconsin
I would cut down grain until you know what's going on - that is a contributing factor. He needs a rumen full of forage first - only eating grain will make the bloating worse and cause acidosis. Another thought - what is he grazing at this time in Wisconsin? Some plants - when stressed, frost nipped, etc - can cause problems for cattle. In our area, the grass is mostly dormant now but the vetch is growing and vetch can be a major bloat culprit.
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