Special to The Monett Times
Published March 15, 2006 4:00 PM CST
Extension Service says action against wild dogs may be necessary by ranchers
By MELONIE ROBERTS
Ronnie Schad, Purdy, takes a few moments to check on a calf, injured Sunday, March 5, by dogs, in the days following the attack. Four of his dairy calves were killed in the early morning attack and two others were badly injured. While Schad administers antibiotics to the injured animals, he is as yet unsure whether the calf will recover. Inset: This calf’s injured leg is swollen to four times its normal size, causing the animal to hobble gingerly around its pen. The animals are part of the heifer replacement program Schad and his son maintain in their dairy operation. The loss of four calves earlier this month will continue to have financial repercussions far into the future.
[Times Photos by Melonie Roberts]
Drought, flooding, herd illnesses, feed prices and market prices are all concerns that must be considered when undertaking the responsibilities that come with raising livestock, but for some producers in southwest Missouri, there is an added threat to their livelihoods: dog packs mauling or killing their cattle.
Purdy livestock producer and dairy farmer Ronnie Schad knows the consequences first-hand, having lost six calves in less than 18 months to dogs that have mauled and killed the young, penned bucket-fed animals on his farm.