“Hey you, are you dealing with scours?”
Perhaps you have heard this statement while using the restroom at a recent dairy trade show. While this is a creative and captivating way to get your attention, the reality is, if you are raising calves, you are dealing with scours. Thanks to education and development of new products, tremendous strides have been made in reducing the severity and number of calves lost due to the main causes of calf scours. These primary causes remain the same: bacteria (E. coli, Salmonella sp.), viruses (Rota, Corona), and parasites (cryptosporidia, coccidia). Working with your veterinarian by identifying the timeline of when calves are affected and using diagnostic testing, it is straightforward to determine which pathogen(s) are prevalent on your farm and develop a prevention and treatment plan to “deal” with calf scours.