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Tommy Allen Colorado Wildfire Part 2
by Tommy Allen, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: July 17, 2017

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On today’s Land and Livestock Report we look back at last spring’s wildfires in the Midwest and Colorado that burned over 2 million acres. Dr. Randall Spare, president of Ashland Veterinary Center in Ashland Kansas, spoke recently on the Beef Roundtable about the fate of the cattle.

SPARE: One of the major issues we’ve seen is that those calves born after that first week of fire that their mothers were in the fire we weren’t there to do the details of grabbing that calf and giving them colostrum . We’ve seen quite a few calves with failure of passive transfer of immunity.

He also spoke about hoof problems

SPARE: We saw this quite a bit we had to help a producers with insurance on his cattle, it was really hard to say, the animal was healthy except there were cracks in the coronary bands. You could start to see that that foot evidently got so hot that the laminate was separating and the hoof wall was going to fall off. So thoses decision to euthanize those cattle immediately was something we could see we needed to do this year.

I preg checked a few cows the other day that were in the fire that were Fall born, I just wanted to reconfirm their pregnancy. I felt their udders, their teats were burned but they were healing, there was a pinkness to those teats, we will just have to wait and see what happens.

These cattle are resilient and tough just like their ranchers.

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