Just to let those with livestock know, we lost one of our 5 year old cows to paralysis tick last week.
It was devastating as it's unusual for an adult animal to succumb to them, but it does happen and this year they are particularly bad.
I noticed she looked a bit off colour on Thursday afternoon and thought I'd check in the morning, but next morning couldn't find her. By the time I did she'd been down probably most of the night and I couldn't get her up on her brisket. By the time I raced back to the house to get rope (DH was in town) when I got back no more than 5 mins, she was dead.
I've heard of someone who lost a fully grown bull this year and someone else said they knew someone who lost two cows and a friend lost a calf. All went fast within 24 hours which is not the norm, you usually have more time than a few hours before they're dead.