Diarrhoea (scours) is not a specific disease but the clinical sign of a disease complex with many possible causes. It is the leading cause in calves death within the crucial first 60 days of their lives. Other diseases to look out for as a result of scours may include salmonella, E.coli, gram negative bacteria, Campylobacta, Rotovirus and will be detrimental to the health of your calves.
Scours occurs when normal movement of water into and out of the digestive tract is disrupted, resulting in water loss and dehydration. Loss of body fluids through diarrhoea is accompanied by loss of body salts which can lead to severe depression in the calf and eventual death.
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