Prepare calf for profitable life
Calf survival is one positive change I have observed over the years. We were always trying to find the magic scours or pneumonia treatment for calves. I am now convinced that by following these few common-sense practices, you will no longer need many of these expensive treatments. The next time before reaching for that bottle of medicine, look over the calves and be sure they have been provided a clean, dry, well-ventilated place to rest, given plenty of feed, and that fresh water is always available.
I still receive numerous requests for that magic treatment from a bottle. Almost every time, it is one or several of these simple management practices that are missing.
If you need to use injections prior to the pre-weaning stage of life, check with your herd veterinarian to review your calf-raising environment and feeding practices. Once the calf is weaned at double its weight at 60 days, the calf is set for a profitable life.
Mel Wenger is a veterinarian and co-owner of the Orrville Veterinary Clinic, Inc., a seven-doctor mixed animal practice in Orrville, Ohio.