Beast not eating- tips to boost appetite?

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by KennyO, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. KennyO

    KennyO Member

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    Angus
    Got a 18 month approx heifer that has had pneumonia/ ibr. Seems to have pulled through it however she has gone off her food again.:banghead: Had various treatments by me and the vet (Mrs KennyO) but no steriods yet. Not blowing, looks bright enough but not eating.

    Anyone got any tips for stimulating her appetite.

    Hoping she is not going to go the same way as her mate who was lifted out with the forklift this morning.
     
  2. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Bit of a long shot but...have you any grass of any length you can hand cut to see if it'll nibble?
     
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  3. multi power

    multi power Member

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    pembrokeshire
    Guinness
     
  4. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Is that for him or the heifer?
     
  5. multi power

    multi power Member

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    pembrokeshire
    For the heifer of course
    The yeast helps the bugs in the rumen
     
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  6. Dry Rot

    Dry Rot Member

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    Scotland
    Wasn't there a discussion about ivy? Or is that only sheep?
     
  7. Sir loin

    Sir loin Member

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    North Yorkshire
    one of the Vitamins...... B12 I think stimulates appetite.
     
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  8. gone up the hill

    Location:
    Devon
    What killed the other one?

    If its Pneumonia then what steps are you taking to get a handle on it? have you clipped the backs of the other cattle for example.
     
  9. milkloss

    milkloss Member

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    East Sussex
    A long shot but fatty liver maybe? B12 is supposed to help I think.
     
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  10. bovine

    bovine Member

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    North
    Get your missus to check ketone levels in blood or urine.

    If not in calf I'd go with some steroids.

    I'm very sceptical about B12, but its cheap and does no harm so I usually stick it in with the steroid and make it pink.
     
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  11. marshfarmer

    marshfarmer Member

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    Norfolk
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  12. llamedos

    llamedos Staff Member

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    Oop North ish
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  13. KennyO

    KennyO Member

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    Angus
    Remember Grandfather giving his pedigree SIms 'Sweetheart Stout' in the run up to sales.
     
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  14. KennyO

    KennyO Member

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    Angus
    Pneumonia or IBR. Have had our worst year for a long time. They have their backs clipped. The rest seem to be getting over it just these two problem beasts (well one now).

    @bovine @milkloss @Sir loin she is getting combivit just now.

    If not up to trough today will get some steriods into her I think (kill or cure)
     
  15. multi power

    multi power Member

    Location:
    pembrokeshire
    I normally give pro rumen to any sick cow , but Guinness should do just the same
     
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  16. KennyO

    KennyO Member

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    Angus
    Drench it over the throat or let it drink it?
     
  17. Forever Fendt

    Forever Fendt Member

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    Derbyshire
    i think only sheep, if they will not eat it they dead the next day
     
  18. multi power

    multi power Member

    Location:
    pembrokeshire
    Drench it, 2 litre tub
    Ideally pump it into them, with 20 litre of warm water, but we have not got a pump
     
  19. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Hook wormer?
     
  20. KennyO

    KennyO Member

    Location:
    Angus
    Will that work? Got one of them.
     

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