Producers also can reduce risk by reducing fecal contamination in feed and water.2
While prevention is the most economical route, Dedrickson notes that calves can be saved through treatment, too. “It’s important to treat as soon as signs of the disease, such as watery feces and general discomfort, appear,” he says. “Producers should use a coccidiostat approved for both prevention and treatment of coccidiosis and that comes in multiple formulations so they can adapt it to their unique situation.”
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2Kvasnicka B. Coccidiosis in Beef Cattle. Western Beef Resource Committee Cattle Producer’s Library CL685. PDF file. Accessed September 15, 2009.
3Quigley J. Calf Note #17 – A Review of Coccidiosis in Calves. PDf file. Accessed October 8, 2009.
4Maas J. Fact Sheet No. 10: Bovine Coccidiosis. UCCE Livestock Health Fact Sheet No. 10.