Short-term treatment and control of scours is often difficult.
Antimicrobials should only be used for scours when an individual calf
is showing signs of a systemic infection. Rehydration is the most
effective treatment for scours.
Proper management can go a long way to control scours (clean maternity pens, quality colostrum management, good milk replacer, individual isolated hutches, proper vaccinations, good biosecurity measures, and isolation of new or sick animals). The quality and quantity of colostrum given within the first 6 hours of birth is crucial to getting calves off to a good start. Have a high-quality colostrum management program and place the calf in a clean, stress-free environment to reduce the likelihood of them becoming sick and needing antimicrobial treatments.
By following these guidelines, you will be providing the calves with a clean, low-stress environment and adequate nutrition to fight off opportunistic infections when they occur.
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