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  • #1007093
    henarar
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    Has anyone had this problem what were the symptoms and what did you do about it ?

    The vet said we may have this in the cows and he took the thyroid from a calf to try to comform it


    #1007094

    Farmer Dan 6465
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    Tracesure Cu/I bolus – available from Mole Valley.

    Think there was an article about it in ine of the dairy magazines we get, never had it here though, but do have some Iodine in the minerals.


  • #1007095
    henarar
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    We feed minerals but the vet said there is not enough iodine in them

    A next door farmer had this problem last year and lost a few calves so we fed iodine **** on the silage in the winter as a precation

    As we have lost a copple of calves and this is what he has put it down to the vet has now told us to poor 1% iodine on the backs of are autumn calvers that start to calf in about 6 weeks

    He recons this is becomeing a big problem


    #1007096
    windymiller
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    how do. we’ve had this problem for a few years now, calves getting full term then dying just before or during calving, or if they were alive they’d be real dopey. did try tubbys with 2000 or 2500 mg of iodine, helped a bit, but the only thing that seemed to work was the tracesure cu/i bolus, but this year we still lost 3 or 4 calves with it though. a couple of our neighbour has started complaining of this problem lately, would really like to know the cause of it. bolus your cows now and you might catch the autumn calvers in time.


    #1007097
    henarar
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    I cant remember how [I will try to find out] but the vet did say that spikeing or lifting the grass ground would help we put it down to the 3 wet years we had and compaction

    this is suck cows we have you are right calves are dopey and dont wont to suck and dont live long if they are born alive that is


    #1007098
    welshnwilling
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    Our cows had iodine deficiency. Symptoms were cows starting to calve, having the water bag and then couldn’t be bothered to push the calf out. When we got the cow in to assist we’d find the calf presented correctly and only a small pull required. Calves were sometimes a bit small and dopey.

    We now bolus the cows with Tracesure cu/i which have vit E, selenium, iodine and copper. Our neighbour does his twice a year as he **** that doing them once wasn’t enough.


    #1007099
    rotary50
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    We had the same problem last year in our autumn calving herd but we were low in selenium as well and have been told that the whole of the UK is the same we have used tracesure this year and have had a price for Cow Care drench from Lloyds Agri which you give at drying off and then again at first service,that to has all the minerals a cow needs and is supposed to help tackle embryonic death.


    #1007100
    windymiller
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    by coincident then, we subsoiled all the fields where the cows are in the spring, they been a lot dryer this year, so be interesting to see if its made a difference by next years calving. sucklers we run as well, we only had about 20 when it first hit, and after loosing 8 or so calves a year, it was getting a bit depressing!!


    #1007101
    henarar
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    I got some ionox tracesure today and will get them done as soon as pos

    I see there is a heffer springing to calve I just hope that the iodine I put on her back has had time to work as at todays prices every calf lost is alot of money if you cant get another calf to put on.


    #1007102
    davysboy
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    Tracesure cu/i were cheaper with Wessex animal health than Mole valley this year and last. 01425 474455.

    If they’re big cows give them two doses.


    #1007103
    welshnwilling
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    henarar

    I got some ionox tracesure today and will get them done as soon as pos

    Ideally you’ll want one of those head scoops. Bolusing isn’t one of my favorite jobs and I’ve been promising myself I’d buy a scoop but it’s still on the shopping list I’m afraid.


    #1007104
    henarar
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    Welsh go and buy one we have had one for about 5 years worth every penny I can drench all are cows on my own better than we use to with two of us its one of those things that you wont be without once you have had one


    #1007105

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    Iodine deficiency has become an inreasingly common problem sine permissable levels of Iodine in mineral supplements were reduced by the EU a couple of years ago. This was done because of a perceived risk of Iodine overdose to breast fed babies and infants.

    The irony is that other sources of Iodine eg: boluses, seaweed meal, etc can still be used, in addition to a regular mineral. Joined up thinking..or what ?

     


    #1007106
    henarar
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    Finished doing them on monday so I will just keep my fingers crossed now

    thanks for your help


    #1007119

    cheviotsheep
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    Hi,

    A very experienced vet that used to cover me when farming an iodine deficient area of Scotland told me to spray a small amount of iodine (10% stuff you use on navels) on their backs…. a wee squirt thats all….about a month before calving and do it every week as they go to the trough.  They either lick it off or it gets absorbed into their skin.   I never had a problem with doppy calves on that farm.  (after doing that).    I have since moved farms (just as Iodine deficient).  I have changed tack, I now sprinkle a bit in their troughs so that they still have to lick it when feeding….just a bit to stain the trough…without putting them off their barley.  Touch wood iodine deficiency is nt a problem… It s cheap….and you have nothing to loose….but sleepless nights!!

     

    Cheviotsheep

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