Reading calf feces?

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Reading calf feces?

Postby mncowboy » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:17 pm

I've been curious when most folks treat calves for scours? As soon as poop is of thinner consistency or do you let the immune system try at it first and wait to treat after the calf has become depressed. I have been treating anytime the calf poop appears white or grey in color with a runny consistency (not watery- just runny.) and lately I've been wondering if I'm intervening too early. The calves still have plenty of vigor and energy to put up a pretty good struggle. I haven't seen any that have been depressed enough to where they've needed to be tube-fed or rehydrated. I have had a couple of calves that had blood passing through with the poop but the vast majority have been a runny white or grey green material, sometimes passing through while the calf is laying in the straw pack.
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Re: Reading calf feces?

Postby Lucky » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:58 pm

I struggle with this too. Most of the time I think it's just milk scours from the grass greening up. I usually just watch them for a few days and if they get droopy eared or loose thier spunk intervene. I really think the best thing to do is let them get through it on thier own if possible.
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Re: Reading calf feces?

Postby sim.-ang.king » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:00 pm

Whit or gray manure is usually just milk/corn scours. Unless they are getting bogged down by it, just let them be.
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