Save money by managing scours.
By Alyssa Dietrich, Calf and Heifer Specialist
This article originally appeared in Progressive Dairyman. You can access the full article here.
For decades, scours has been on record as the most common cause of death for preweaned dairy calves. Beyond the economic loss from death, scours increases treatment and labor costs, and reduces growth rates, thus affecting future production. It has been determined that for each day a calf is sick in the first four months of life, it costs her an estimated 278 pounds of milk in the first lactation, and each pound of preweaning average daily gain is worth an estimated 850 pounds in the first lactation.
In addition, research from several universities has shown a correlation between high average daily gain in the preweaning period and increased milk yield in the first lactation. That means reduced weight gain due to scours not only increases costs in the calf period, but it can limit a heifer’s productivity in the future. Protocols for both scours prevention and the quick treatment of scours can help improve your bottom line.
Learn more about saving money by managing scours by reading the full article here.