Ok, so this is a pretty nasty thing to deal with when it comes to calves. But let me tell you, it’s something you will see so much, you won’t even think about it anymore! Raising calves, we deal with all types of things including scours (fancy word for diarrhea). We have tried several different things, and are still trying to find the “magic cure”, but here are a few tips to help you get through it!
1. First and Foremost- you don’t want your calf to dehydrate. And with scours & the summer heat, this can happen fast. We have had calves that have decided they didn’t want to drink anymore. In these cases, we’ve had to force feed them until they got their sucking reflex back. We’ve used an electrolyte mixture in their water, such as “Resorb”, and this helps tremendously in getting them back up to par. You can find these packets of electrolyte powder at your local feed store.
2. Try cutting their milk in half. Now this really depends on the cow and what the owner thinks. With that being said, we have seen changes in a 12 hour period when we cut the milk in half for a scouring calf. The latest calf we did this “treatment” on had normal droppings the next morning after scouring for days.
I hope some of this information helps and happy calf raising! It may be hard, but it’s definitely worth it!!