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Unread November 22nd, 2009, 03:35
jomadato jomadato is offline
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Hello, my husband and I are just starting out with 8 head of steer. We noticed today that one of the red/white holsteins have a round something at the ear. It is black, it reminds me off one of those walnut's with the outer shell on that you have your kids pick up time and time again in the back yard. it does have what looks like a roughness to the outside. It's about a golf ball size. would this be a type of growth that needs to be removed? or watched? he is about 550lbs and needs to grow a bit before he is butchered. Any help would be greatly appreciated. We just got the guy so he is very skittish around us so that is the best description I can give without putting him in a head lock and really looking at the thing. I do believe that he has a small spot of ringworm on his nose that he had when he came to us a couple of weeks ago. If that helps at all.
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Unread November 22nd, 2009, 13:18
joncowcare joncowcare is offline
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Hi jomadato,
My first thought is that it's a haematoma [simply put a burst blood vessel] often found with boisterous beef cattle. However, without a photo it's hard to say or advise further.
Probably best to keep an eye out but if it doesn't affect the fella concerned too much certainly not an issue worth the price of a vet call-out !
Good luck,
Jon
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