Reducing the Risk of a Calf Scours Outbreak

Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist (Adapted from “Neonatal Calf Diarrhea Complex” by John Kirkpatrick, DVM) — The ongoing human health issue (COVID-19) serves as a reminder to cattle ranchers about the importance of sound, common sense biosecurity measures that can aid in reducing the risk of a disease outbreak in the new 2020 calf crop. Neonatal calf diarrhea (commonly called “calf scours”) is one of the most costly disease entities in the beef cattle business. Fall-calving herds have the help of the hot, late summer/early fall sunshine to reduce the buildup and spread of the pathogens…

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