Dairy operators need to protect calves from scours

Issue Date: February 26, 2020
By Kathy Coatney

Scours is the predominant disease in preweaned calves across the United States, and it is the leading cause of death in this age group. After the gut lining is invaded by a virus, bacterium or parasite, scours can follow. Calves will lose water, key electrolytes and bicarbonate in their feces. Most deaths are due to dehydration and acidosis.

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