Scours is the primary cause of dairy calf losses in the first month of life and the incidence of scours in the young calf has been shown to significantly affect performance later on. It is well accepted that the primary causes of death amongst these calves is electrolyte loss, dehydration and starvation – not the direct action of any pathogen.
To minimise financial losses, obviously prevention strategies are paramount, however, even in the best-managed herds, neonatal calf diarrhoea may still be problematic. The most important treatment for scouring calves is early, rapid rehydration. Timeous oral electrolyte therapy is critical and, ideally, should be started as soon as diarrhoea is noticed.
Electro-Boost™ is a combination of minerals, carbohydrates, amino acids and probiotics aimed to facilitate rapid recovery by providing dual therapy:
– rehydration and restoration of osmotic balance and
– rebalancing the population of gut microflora disturbed as a result of scours, or from antibiotic treatment, and minimising further gut pathogen colonisation by competing for nutrients and attachment sites.
Electro-Boost™ is bicarbonate free so as not to adversely affect the utilisation of nutrients from milk or milk replacer fed in conjunction with Electro-Boost™ therapy. In addition Electro-Boost™ contains soluble fibre to aid in the binding of gut contents, slowing down the rate of water loss and assisting in alleviation of the condition.
Let Electro-Boost™ be the foundation of your strategy to combat financial losses from scours.