Act quickly to manage scours

Act quickly to manage scours

Western Livestock Journal

Calving season is well underway for many producers, a time of the year when the health of the incoming calf crop can make for a boom or a bust year. Weather, preparation and a little bit of luck all seem to be important factors in getting calves safely on the ground. Once the calves are born, it’s important to remember they are not out of the woods yet. Scouring calves are often responsible for huge losses, even though there are many prevention and treatment options available.

Scouring is not the result of just one disease, but comes from several different sources, including bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Proper scour management should begin with a solid calving plan and proper monitoring of dam health long before the calf is ever born.

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