Calf scours accounts for a major portion of financial losses to the producers. Scour outbreaks are typically associated with mud, slush, or bad weather. There are several different kinds of bacteria, virus, protozoa, yeast, and molds that will cause scours. Weather conditions are out of human control; however there are preventative management measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of contracting scours.
One way to help reduce the risk of scours is by trying to set an area for calving and keeping the area clean and dry, this will cut down the amount of pathogens that cause scours. Another way to help insure healthy calves is by providing the Cow/ heifer with proper nutrition in the last third of gestation. With proper nutrition it allows the cow to get a boost of nutrients improving her immune system. That boost in immune system will be passed to the calf in the colostrum, allowing the calf to have a stronger immune system.
Diamond V Original XPC is one product that is available at CPM. Original XPC is a feed additive that is all-natural and fermentation-based. It supports a robust digestive health with its metabolites by optimizing the rumen environment. Research has shown an increase in forage digestibility, mineral utilization, calf weight gain, milk production, and cow body condition.
Another product that is available at CPM is Availa 4 by Zinpro. Availa 4 is a combination of trace minerals including organic zinc, manganese, copper, and cobalt. These minerals are used for many functions in the animal including: immunity, reproduction, skin and hoof health, muscle development, milk production, fiber digestion, and energy metabolism. The use of the organic minerals and the correct amounts included in the diet allow for the animals to with the effects from stress they may be experiencing.
Some other products that may be useful that CPM carries are: rumensin and stress lick tubs with Bio Mos by SmartLic. If you have any questions on any of the products or what CPM can do for you please contact us!
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