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UCCE Research and Workshops in San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz Counties
Rounding up cattle
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by WES O'REILLY
on September 9, 2017 at 10:39 PM
GOOD FOR YOU YOUNG LADY WE HAVE NOT HAD GOOD LUCK WITH FARM ADVISERS SINCE MARIAN STANLEY RETIRED. I...COULD NOT ATTEND THE MEETING AT KING CITY. THE DESCRIPTION ON FOOTHILL ABORTION RITE ON I HAVE PUT UP WITH THIS SINCE 1960. IT CAN GET TO OLDER COWS ALSO SO I FEEL THAT IT CAN STRIKE A COW MORE THAN ONCE. WES O'REILLY
by Jay
on February 13, 2018 at 6:02 PM
I just had a calf born 37 days early it is weak and wobble i believe its foothill abortion? what can i do for the calf?
by sarah jane smith
on February 11, 2019 at 3:06 PM
We have had 78 cows abort when preg,d in Nov.2018 and several since.  
Yesterday and today we had 2 cows have very small,40 lb calves. One of these calves has his tongue out. I think they are a result of the foothill disease. Is there any thing we can do to help them. Will they grow to normal size or should they be euthanized.
Reply by Devii R. Rao
on February 12, 2019 at 5:50 AM
Hi Sarah. I checked in with a couple vets and another livestock advisor and they all suggested that the calves will probably survive but won't be as big or healthy as the others. They also said that it might be foothill abortion, but it might be something else. To find out for sure what the problem is, the best thing to do is get some diagnostics done at the UC Davis California Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) Lab. For more information about how to get the diagnostics done, you can contact the CAHFS lab at (530) 752-7578. https://cahfs.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/. Thanks. Devii
by Justin Price
on March 17, 2019 at 7:18 PM
How can I obtain the vaccine? Have there been any trials on mature cows in between breeding?
Reply by Devii R. Rao
on March 18, 2019 at 5:36 PM
I checked in with the folks at UC Davis about your questions. They said the vaccine is not yet available commercially. They hope it could be on the market sometime in 2020 but they don't really know since they aren't the ones producing it.  
 
Unfortunately, the trial remains closed to new producers.  
 
Regarding vaccination of mature cows; yes that can and has been done. The problem is that there must be a 60-day window between vaccination and breeding, which may be impractical for many producers. The interval is required for the heifer/cow to clear the bacteria and those that “cheat” on that interval may experience a high percentage of early fetal losses. This can be >25% at 30 days post-vaccination and probably much higher if they reduce the interval to 2 – 3 weeks.
 
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