Calves born with rear leg issues sores in mouth

I’ve been watching this thread thinking that most of us that have been around for some time dabbled in the Club Calf deal have had a calf or two that was a hard pull that for some reason can’t seem to use one of their back legs correctly and usually never can get over it. Sometimes while pulling the calf you audibly hear a pop and kinda say, oh that didn’t sound good. It’s just like the leg cannot support it’s portion of the body weight so therefore it seems to give out or gimp down. I’ve had 3 or 4 over the years and only one ever got well enough to go through an auction ring not be docked. If you have the calf up and going you’ll just have to wait see what Mother Nature has in store for the calf. They usually survive but can’t thrive. IMO some sore of nerve or ligament damage occurs as they are coming through the birth canal but that is just my opinion.


Maybe Lucky P or DL could chime in here to give us a more technical diagnosis although it is hard to say without physically observing your calf. Maybe you could put up a short video of your calf trying to get around. That would help a bunch.

This sure won’t make any friends among the club calf folks, but my conscience will not let this pass. What “may help someone else down the road” would be to not breed this type of cattle! Cattle that if left to themselves would breed themselves out of existence in short order! When humankind was given “dominion over the beasts”, as the Bible says, I think the Good Lord also expected us to use some common sense and humanity when exercising this “dominion”. We need to stop and wonder if we may have gone too far in our pursuit of ribbons, trophies, or dreams of breeding the next “great one” if we have to routinely reach for the calf jack. Unexpected problems can always happen, but when we deliberately mate animals while knowing fully well the mating has a good chance of creating problems, we are practicing animal abuse just as surely as if we were using a baseball bat. Go ahead folks-fire both barrels. If my tirade only causes “one person down the road” to actually think, it will be well worth it!

I really don’t remember what the other calves are out of at this moment without looking in records. I would never have guessed this calf to ever walk, but he has finally managed to get up and around on his own! The cow would actually walk to him and nurse him while he was lying down. He is so big, he didnt have to even stand to reach the udder. He does not walk well at all, but he can and I am shocked. Took him a good three weeks or so to get up on his own. I dont think the club calf bulls will ever go away. They are considered crossbreds and it happens in any animal or human. Crossbreeds have always been proven to be healthier and have less genetic problems than any purebreed. How you can call that inhumane, is stupid, breeding purebred amimals because they are the same is not smart either. Im speaking from experience dealing with animals as a veterinary technician. Was here to find some HELPFUL advice. Thanks to those who actually did have some. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

Quote from: RedBulls on April 17, 2013, 08:23:30 AM This sure won’t make any friends among the club calf folks, but my conscience will not let this pass. What “may help someone else down the road” would be to not breed this type of cattle! Cattle that if left to themselves would breed themselves out of existence in short order! When humankind was given “dominion over the beasts”, as the Bible says, I think the Good Lord also expected us to use some common sense and humanity when exercising this “dominion”. We need to stop and wonder if we may have gone too far in our pursuit of ribbons, trophies, or dreams of breeding the next “great one” if we have to routinely reach for the calf jack. Unexpected problems can always happen, but when we deliberately mate animals while knowing fully well the mating has a good chance of creating problems, we are practicing animal abuse just as surely as if we were using a baseball bat. Go ahead folks-fire both barrels. If my tirade only causes “one person down the road” to actually think, it will be well worth it!