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Lumps and sores on neck
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* November 26, 2017, 09:20:38 AM
Hi I'm hoping someone might be able to help identify this issue I am having with a steer. We have two steers just to keep the grass down and one is getting swollen lumps, some become sores from a 5cent piece size and the biggest a 50c piece size. Just on the neck and the shoulder area.
The other steer has no lumps or sores.
There are no flies on them and the eyes haven't been affected so unsure if it is buffalo fly.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Thanks.


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    * November 26, 2017, 10:30:05 AM
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    This is a pic of him
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    Lumps and sores on neck  in Health & Nutrition December 07, 2017, 04:09:11 PM
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    Hi Lisa how is your steer?
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    * December 07, 2017, 04:23:41 PM
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    Hi Ozfarmer.
    He started going downhill. Very sad looking. And laying down a lot.
    We have some hay and he kind of had a chew on it but really was very slow compared to normal. We have been spraying him with bug spray as we noticed a heap of March flies on him.
    We have also drenched him now too. He seems a bit happier and I have seen him grazing but he is still spending a fair bit of time laying down compared to the other one.

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    * December 09, 2017, 07:23:46 PM
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    Had a look at the pic, maybe European wasps as they are venomous as much bite and looks quite a hit. If he is sheltered by a stand of trees or a shed there may be such or under a cement trough.
    Other thoughts that can lead to that behavior from it may be the other steer is bullying it for the choicest food pieces (does it have horns) , this can lead to stress and malnutrition.
    Outside it, well some parasitic flys may be the problem, i don't know if bot fly is exactly a problem you would not find the proper evidence.
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    * December 10, 2017, 06:45:24 AM
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    Thank you for your thoughts. I haven't seen any bot flies around but there is a lot of March flies! I haven't seen them in numbers like this year. Could it be that?
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    Lumps and sores on neck  in Health & Nutrition December 16, 2017, 07:34:45 PM
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    Yes it could be March fly's they seem to attack some cattle more than others. Try spraying him with Mucidol it's like aerogard for animals!
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