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Scour in calves

Across Northern Ireland in 2017 conditions for making silage were less than ideal. As a result many farms have poorer quality silage than usual. This has resulted in veterinarians noticing an increase in scours in young calves as they have not been receiving adequate quality or quantity of colostrum, meaning that insufficient levels of immunoglobulins were absorbed.
Therefore it should be ensured that calves are closely monitored to ensure they consume the appropriate amount of colostrum, and if necessary supplementary tubes should be used to boost the calves immune system and help them to fight disease.