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BOOST COLOSTRUM QUALITY TO BEAT CALF SCOURS

Mar 20, 2018
BOOST COLOSTRUM QUALITY TO BEAT CALF SCOURS

Remember that vaccination of the cow against the common infectious causes of the disease (Rotavirus, Coronavirus and E.coli K99) and then feeding the antibody-enriched colostrum to your calves should play a vital role in your control programme. Calf scours cost you money.

ADAS estimates the cost of a scour outbreak in a 100-cow suckler herd (assuming 90 calves born) to be £57941. The potential cost saving of preventing a scour outbreak by vaccinating cows pre-calving with     Rotavec® Corona is therefore more than £4000. That’s a pretty healthy financial benefit.
Calves are most at risk from infectious scour in the first 3-4 weeks of life and need passive transfer of antibodies in the colostrum to keep them healthy. Vaccination of the calf’s mother with Rotavec® Corona between 12 and 3 weeks before calving boosts colostrum quality,     allowing you to feed high levels of antibodies against Rotavirus,    Coronavirus and E.coli K99 in early life. Make sure calves receive at least three litres of this high quality colostrum within the first six hours after birth.
Rotavirus remains one of the most prevalent infectious scour-causing pathogens on UK calf units and it is very difficult to treat calves against this type of viral scour. The only effective disease management      strategy is to vaccinate the dam to help boost calf disease immunity through plentiful, high quality colostrum feeding, as well as implementing sound hygiene practices.

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