Treatment of sick calves works best when disease is detected early, but that isn’t always easy to do. Generally, sick calves have probably not been feeling well for at least a day before you notice signs of illness, says Sheila McGuirk, veterinarian at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. 

Therefore, to get a leg up on calf health, McGuirk and colleagues have developed a calf-health-scoring protocol that looks at nasal discharge, presence of cough, and fecal material consistency. Used twice weekly, the tool can help you find disease faster and make treatment more effective. To download the protocol, go to: