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significant rise in calf growth rates following proactive rearing approach
“With coccidiosis it’s not only calf mortality but the loss of revenue associated with slower growth rates that greatly impact on the farm business” says Andrew Groves, Rathfriland Veterinary Clinic
Suspecting an outbreak of cryptosporidium Andrew took faecal samples for testing, and they actually came back positive for this and coccidiosis.
Key risk factors include:
○ Dirty troughs and water bowls
○ Inadequate bedding
○ Wet and churned up dirty pasture
○ Mixing various ages of stock
○ Lack of stock rotation at pasture
○ Stress (from weaning, transporting or handling)
○ Introducing bought in animals
Since adopting a regime using decoquinate medicated starter feed, calf mortality from coccidiosis has reduced to zero, with no signs of ill thrift associated with subclinical disease.