Monday, December 7, 2015
A Dab of This and a Little of That
I'm usually the one stirring up recipes in our family. But Randy has been the "chef" in one of our most frequently-mixed recipes on the County Line the past couple of weeks.
Before the veterinarian came for working calves and doing pregnancy checks on our cows, a neighbor said his cattle had tested positive for anaplasmosis. Some of the neighbor's cattle looked ill. Our cattle had been in a nearby pasture. So, while our cattle weren't showing any symptoms, Randy asked Dr. Dick to do blood tests on a representative number of our herd.
Anaplasmosis is a a vector-borne disease, which means it's transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. It causes the destruction of red blood cells in cattle and other ruminants, so it can cause anemia. It can ultimately cause death, and it can also result in spontaneous abortions in cows.
Thankfully, we saw none of the signs of the disease in our cattle. However, we did have a young bull die inexplicably this summer. It's possible anaplasmosis was the cause, though we will never know for sure since its carcass wasn't tested.
There's a "recipe" to treat the disease. With the veterinarian's advice, Randy has been mixing a concoction. He combines grain ...
It's an extra hit on the pocketbook, since it requires us to purchase additional grain, mineral and medicine. We're definitely not doing it for our own health or the health of our financial bottom line.