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Newborn calf with twisted tail.

  • 17-02-2022 1:34pm
    Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭ john mayo 10

    As the title says I have a newborn calf with a twisted tail. Cow calves unassisted last night ( Head first) . It is kinked sideways and up.over his back. Any one see anything like this .Will post a pic soon


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,036 ✭✭✭ Lime Tree Farm

    Had one with just the tail twisted, but not in that position. A Vet may be able to splint it, sooner rather than later.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,252 ✭✭✭ funkey_monkey

    Does it feel like the tail has fused in that position or is it moveable? Is it passing dung? I presume as it calved unassisted you do not know if it cam out like that or was damaged after birth?

    I'd get the vet out for a look to see if it can be splinted back into shape or if there is any genetic abnormality which might have a deeper impact.

  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭ john mayo 10

  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭ john mayo 10

    Picture of calfs tail

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,906 ✭✭✭ C0N0R

    Yea have seen it, can’t remember any having issues because of it

  • Registered Users Posts: 950 ✭✭✭ john mayo 10

    Picture of calf now. A week old

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,461 ✭✭✭✭ Base price

    A few years ago I bought a group of FR bull calves from a farmer and he threw in (foc) a calf with a twisted tail similar to yours. The calf thrived as well as the others although when our Vet came to do the annual herd test a few months later she said to keep an eye for sunburn and fly strike around it's anus area. It never became a problem.