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    Pink Eye in Calves

    We have about half our herd of calves this year get pink eye even tho we gave them a pink eye shot. What did we do wrong since they still got it. The cows are all healthy and we check they every other day. Please give some advice as to what we can do for next year. Thank

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    Been a long time since I had cattle but..... We always thought it was aggravated by the brome stems sticking up if they hadn't all been eaten off before the stems got stiff.

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    We plan on treating them this weekend with LA 200 but not sure if the ones that are blind will come out of it. What do you think?

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    If the eye gets real bad (red ring with white center) they will probably has sight loss...If they are just cloudy and watering they will heal, they will heal a lot more than you think.

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    We used to spray them in the eyes with ( I think) iodine and combiotic. Seemed to help. Used a spray can so we could shoot 15 to 20 feet. Not very precise but did not have to pen them to do it.

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    Pink eye is caused by a vitamin A deficiency. Increase the amount of mineral you are feeding, you might have to add additional vitamin A.

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    Didn't know that 3020, I always thought it was and infection of some kind. Learn something new everyday.

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    You are all right. IAdave: we used to spray combiotic directly in the eye before they took it off of the market. 1 spray per day x 3 days and you would never know the calf ever had pink eye. Today I would give the calves a shot of LA 200 and squirt some right into the eye (no needle) just a little rinse. 1 more thing that will help, take a regular sprayer and spray (just a light spray) the calves down with diesel fuel. This will help get rid of the flys. Less flys = less problems.
    Vitamin A can be a cause but normally around here we started to get it when the grass would go to seed and cause the calves eye to water then the flys join in. We would clip our pastures as soon as the grass would start to go to seed. We never owned cows, we only bought feeders and finished them so we were well versed in having all kinds of problems. We knew when we bought calves who the problem calves were going to be. Most black cattle have no problems because the dark eyes don't attract flys. For example on white faced cattle, a dark eyed calf gets along allot better then a light eyed calf. Seems the flys are attracted to the light skin around the eyes. Good luck!
    Oh, I personally had pink eye once. You really can't fully understand what the calf goes thru until you get it yourself!
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    Thanks guys this has helped me a bunch.

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    AgChick: There are lots of races of pinkeye and none of the vaccines get them all. In addition to all the comments already made, you can mix Aureomycin50 in with the rock salt in the mineral tubs. You can get aureomycin treated alfalfa pellets and mix with rock salt, but they can sort the pellets out. The main way to solve this problem is don't have white faced cattle...period...no Herefords, no Chars, no Hereford Simmys, no Black Baldies...just Black Angus or Red Angus. The intense reflection of sunlight and UV radiation from white face cattle makes them tear up...which attracts the flies. Plus, in addition to making your life a lot simpler, you can get premiums for your cattle. Good luck.

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