Do you know how to reduce calf scour in your herd

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Webinar written and presented by Dr Tim Potter BVetMed MRCVS

Scours

• Calf scour (diarrhoea) is the most common disease in young calves, accounting for about 50% of all calf deaths.
• Easily recognised it is important that it is rapidly identified and that affected animals are treated appropriately to ensure survival.
• Calves affected by scour are most likely to die from dehydration as a result of the increased fluid loss.
• Damage to the gut results in reduced daily liveweight gains.

Economic impact

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Rotavirus and Coronavirus

• Common causes of diarrhoea in young dairy calves.
• Infection may be acquired in the calving pen then spread between young calves in the calf shed.
• Typical early signs include a reluctance to stand and drink, mild depression and salivation.
• The calf becomes dehydrated with sunken eyes and tight and inelastic skin; recumbency soon follows.
• Vaccines for rota and coronavirus are available for administration to cows prior to calving.
• This vaccination helps boost the immunity provided to the calf in the colostrum – therefore good colostrum feeding practices are essential.

 

Top cereal and oilseed growers honoured at the Yield Enhancement Network Awards 2021

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

The highest cereal and oilseed yields achieved at harvest 2021 were announced at this year’s Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards on Wednesday 24th November at the Croptec Show. With award presentations by Tom Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, 24 farms took home the evening’s top awards for highest yield and highest potential yield achieved for wheat, winter and spring barley, oats, and oilseed. The 2021 winners came from all corners of the UK, as well as from as far afield as Finland and New Zealand.

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