One of the biggest mistakes in the care of scouring calves is to take away their milk and only feed electrolytes, says Rob Costello, technical specialist with Merrick’s, Inc.

When you take away the milk or milk replacer, the calf is no longer getting the nutrients it needs to perform normal life functions. Not only does this prolong the duration of the diarrhea, but it also leads to loss of muscle mass and less available nutrients for the immune system to work.

Instead, always feed milk or milk replacer PLUS oral electrolytes to scouring calves.