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3 easy steps to reduce the severity of scours

November, 2018

It’s that time of year that we start worrying about cold and flu season for ourselves and our children. We can thank kids for being a festering pool of germs and bringing all those lovely germs with them from daycare or school. When we start feeling under the weather (achy, temperature, chills) we can go see a doctor, take medicine, curl up under a blanket and binge watch Netflix until we feel better. But what happens when our calves get sick? Do they walk up and say, “you know what, I’m just not feeling like myself…you may need to call in the vet and see what’s going on here.” Do they curl up, drink some hot cocoa and watch the new “Ferdinand” movie until they are back to normal? Unfortunately, not. That doesn’t mean, though, they are not giving you signs that something isn’t right, and they may need some extra care.Calf Blog November Scouring Calves

Scours in calves continues to be a major cause of death loss in pre-weaned dairy calves. According to the USDA, NAHMS Dairy Study (2007), scours cause over half (56.7%) of the reported death rates. Wow, that’s a pretty significant amount of calves gravely affected by scours. Multiple negative effects result from scours such as dehydration, metabolic acidosis, electrolyte abnormalities, negative energy balance and more. As we’ve already covered, calves cannot voice how they feel so they have to show us that they are not feeling up to par. Easy to spot secondary signs of scours are cold ears, dull eyes or eyeball socket recession, and low energy.

Now we know how we can spot it, but what do we do to make our calves feel better? Don’t worry, TechMix has you covered! We recently launched a 3-step scouring calf program that has your calves needs in mind. First, when we recognize the start of scours, we need to do what we can to reduce the severity. Studies show that there are beneficial qualities to oregano that support intestinal flora in calves - in essence, it takes those bad bacteria bugs and gets rid of them. Calf Renova by TechMix is formulated oregano oil along with probiotics which replenish the gut microbiome at the same time. Step one – check, on to step two. Hydration is key for a scouring calf. Calves can lose 5-10% of their bodyweight in water within on day of scouring. Fluid loss in excess of 8% requires IV treatment, and over 14% loss can result in death. It is essential to provide clean, fresh, un-frozen water free choice at all times, or as frequently as possible during the winter months. Not only do calves need water, they also need the proper electrolyte balance to enhance water absorption. The best way to provide these essential nutrients is to offer an oral rehydration product. There are a number of things to look at when choosing the best electrolyte such as sodium concentration, amino acids, osmolality, alkalinizing agent, and more. Remember when I said, “don’t worry”? I meant it! BlueLite® Replenish M is a liquid oral hydration product that meets all the requirements recommended by Dr. Geof Smith, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM who specializes in treating calf diarrhea. Rehydrate and restore electrolyte balance with the help of BlueLite Replenish M. We’ve now got our calf heading in the right direction but it’s no surprise that their gut microflora is not in the same shape as it was before the bout of scours. This is where Calf PreRD comes in to save the day. With loads of direct fed microbials, Calf PreRD helps to rebuild beneficial bacteria in the gut, daily.

That’s it! 3 easy steps to get your calves back on track. Watch for the first signs of scours in your calves and take extra care of them and yourself as we enter the most wonderful time of year!


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