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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

What NOT to do when reviving your newborn calf

What NOT to do when reviving your newborn calf

Sometimes when a calf is born, often after a difficult birth, they have difficulty breathing at first.

There are a number of things you can do to help in this case: 'christening' them, 'hanging' the calf, stimulating their nostrils with a bit of straw, and more.

However, while you may intervene to help the calf, there are things you can do that could potentially harm them too.

Here are some tips to avoid that.