Calf Digestive System
Firstly "KNOW YOUR ENEMY!" - Is it nutritional , management or infectious in case?
Nutritional causes could be varying quality of raw milk, poor quality raw milk, poor quality milk powder.
Management causes could be not enough or weak colostrum, lack of disinfection, adding young calves to groups of older calves.
Infectious causes could be ROTAVIRUS, CORONAVIRUS, CRYPTOSPORIDIUM, SALMONELLA, COCCIDIOSIS, E.COLI etc. Dont get someone with a test kit, use your vet or myself, and test at least 5 fresh, untreated cases via a proper lab. Remember, you can find bugs when the root cause can be nutritional or managemental!
View a video presentation on preventing calf scour,
RECENT SCOUR SURVEY RESULTS: Cryptosporidium parvum
and rotavirus are the most dominant calf scour-causing organisms on UK cattle units,
according to the latest published data from the MSD Animal Health ScourCheck scheme.
The recent diagnostic data from calf faecal samples show over 32 per cent testing positive for
cryptosporidia with more than 29 per cent positive for rotavirus.