Various serotypes of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) can cause either diarrhoea or septicaemia in very young calves (first 4 days of life).
The main factor in these infections is inadequate passive immune transfer from the dam to calf or exposure to the pathogen before colostrum was ingested, immediately after birth. The main . . . → Read More: Diarrhoea in Dairy Cattle
Methods of Control and Prevention
As infections are initiated by ingestion of oocysts, control strategies must be aimed at reducing the number of oocysts in the environment.
Measures to reduce the risk of infection include the removal of food contaminated with faeces and better placement of feeding and water troughs. If possible, creep feeders . . . → Read More: Methods of Treatment, Control and Prevention of Coccidosis in Dairy Cattle
Dairy Cattle Attribution Brian Robert Marsha
All cases of milk fever can and should be preventable.
Do not breed from cows or sires with a history of milk fever.
Prevent animals from becoming overfat or having large changes in body condition score and give them plenty of exercise). Cows with marked body condition . . . → Read More: Methods of Control and Prevention of Milk Fever in Dairy Cows
Dairy Cow Attribution Karen Wilkinson
Milk fever is probably the most common metabolic disorder in dairy cattle.
The condition usually occurs just before, during or immediately after parturition. This condition is also likely to be the most common cause of apparent sudden death in dairy cows, and is a . . . → Read More: Milk Fever in Dairy Cows
Bovine coccidiosis may be on the increase in the United Kingdom. The disease almost invariably affects cattle less than one year old, and often follows turnout. However,older cattle may develop the disease. The condition has been reported by some organic farms to be a problem.
Coccidiosis is caused by single celled parasites . . . → Read More: Bovine Coccidiosis in Dairy Cattle
The Condition and Welfare
Calf diarrhoea is considered by the Farm Animal Welfare Council to be the main cause of early deaths in calves in the UK, and is a major animal welfare concern in dairy herd.
The fact that the majority of scouring problems can be avoided by good management adds to the . . . → Read More: Treating Dairy Cattle with Diarrhoea