I LIVE IN NORTH DAKOTA AND WAS JUST WONDERING IF ANYBODY COULD GIVE ME SOME NEW SOLUTIONS FOR TREATING SCOURS IN BABY CALVES. WE JUST STARTED CALVING OUR BEEF COWS AND THE WEATHER IS REALLY SCREWED UP AROUND HERE AND MY CALVES ARE STARTING TO GET SICK. ONLY A COUPLE HAVE GOTTEN IT SO FAR. I HAVEN'T LOST ANY YET, SO I MUST BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT AT LEAST. BUT ANY IDEAS WOULD BE GREAT.
Last Edit: Apr 1, 2010 18:39:57 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Hi Fellers. Scours in baby calves is such a common problem that I think there are probably 25 threads by that title, if you check back on earlier pages of the board. (The pages list at the bottom of the screen.) Lots of folks here have experience with it and have shared their solutions. I imagine there are also references to it under "calf care" posts in the Tree of Knowledge. I don't have enough experience to give you tips myself!
By the way, I find it much harder to read posts in all caps.
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Hi fellers, Contact Dr. Charles Stoltenow at the college in Fargo. He is extension vet. I don't know of too many new developments. There is a method of groupng bunches of cow/calf pairs called the "Sandhills Method". It was featured in a recent "Beef" magazine. You can probably use Google to find something over the internet. Dale
Dale - caretaker of Gracie, Georgia, Minnie-Moo & Mickey
Thanks Doc, looks like a good article. Here is the first page of it...having only one cow and calf on one tiny pasture lot , it doesn't work for me ;), but might help others...
The Sandhills Calving System was adopted in 2000 and was continued through 2004 (5 years). In the new system large contiguous pastures were used as calving pastures. Cows were turned into the first calving pasture (Pasture 1) as soon as the first calves were born. Calving continued in Pasture 1 for two weeks. After two weeks the cows that had not calved were moved to Pasture 2. Cow-calf pairs remained behind in Pasture 1. After a week of calving in Pasture 2 the cows that had not calved were moved to Pasture 3 and cow-calf pairs born in Pasture 2 remained in Pasture 2. Each subsequent week cows that had not calved were moved to a new pasture and pairs remained in their pasture of birth. The result was multiple pastures each with calves within one week of age of each other. Cattle fromdifferent pastures could be commingled after the youngest calf was four weeks of age. In the 5 years since implementing the Sandhills Calving System illness and death due to calf scours decreased significantly (p<0.01). No calves died from neonatal calf scours since beginning the system. Four calves were treated for scours in 2000 and no calves have been treated for scours since. Veterinary expenses incurred during the calving seasons of the first 3 years of the Sandhills Calving System averaged $128.83 per year, a 24-fold reduction from previous years (p<0.01). The owner estimated savings of $40,000 to $50,000 per year attributable to greater numbers of weaned calves, improved calf performance, and reduced expenses for treatment. Case Herd #2 was a 300-400-cow beef herd using rotational grazing and early summer calving. Calving in this herd occurred as the cows moved through a series of pastures every two to four days. This herd experienced 6.5 percent (28 deaths /433 births) and 11.9 percent (48 deaths/402 births) mortality in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Deaths were primarily due to neonatal calf scours. The Sandhills Calving System was adopted in 2001 and continued through 2004 (4 years). The system differed slightly from that of Case Herd #1 to meet the requirements of the intensive pasture grazing system. Groups of cattle moved to different pastures throughout the calving season as appropriate for forage utilization. However, every 10 days or whenever 100 calves were born the herd was divided by sorting cows that had not calved from the cow-calf pairs of the preceding group. In this manner the number of calves within any pasture group never exceeded 100 and all calves within a group were within 10 days of age of each other. Pasture groups were commingled after the youngest calf was four weeks of age. Death loss was significantly reduced after initiating the Sandhills Calving Systemcompared to the two previous years (p<0.01). Total death loss was 2.3, 1.5, 1.5 and 2.8 percent, respectively, during the four years of using the system. Only one calf has died of scours in the past four years. The rancher estimated the program was worth $5,000 per year.
Last Edit: Feb 28, 2011 22:52:26 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
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