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How to prevent navel Infections - a leading cause of calf deaths

How to prevent navel Infections - a leading cause of calf deaths

Navel infections are among the biggest threats to a newborn calf in their first few hours. In some parts of the world it accounts for over 1 in 5 of all preweaning deaths related to disease.

The navel is the remnant of the umbilical cord, a tube like structure that connects the unborn calf and the dam so that the calf has access to the dam’s blood supply.

Generally, the way to prevent navel infection is to dip or spray the naval soon after the calf has been born. If a navel infection takes hold, it can lead to liver problems, joint ill, respiratory disease and even death.

If you don’t look for navel infections you will find them too late. Even when your calf has been treated, it is pivotal that you perform a navel examination on the calf.

How to prevent Cryptosporidiosis in calves

How to prevent Cryptosporidiosis in calves

One of the biggest calf killers in Ireland, north and south, is scour. It is responsible for 40% of calf deaths. The threat of Cryptosporidiosis is increasing every year.

Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a parasite called cryptosporidium and is usually seen in young calves in their second week. Regular symptoms of crypto in an infected calf are diarrhoea, dehydration, loss of appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Find out how to prevent this disease and how the Moocall Calving Sensor can play a part.

Downers - cows who can't stand up

Downers - cows who can't stand up

A downer cow is a cow that becomes unable to stand after some sort of trauma. Also called a recumbent cow, her condition can happen for a number of reasons.

These include:

  • Calving paralysis
  • Back injury
  • Milk fever
  • Diseases like mastitis