The procedures you use to harvest and handle colostrum may determine your rate of treatable scours in young calves, says Sam Leadley, calf-care specialist with Attica (N.Y.) Veterinary Associates. Bacterial contamination of colostrum is common on U.S. dairy farms. Field research has shown that even moderate levels of bacterial contamination of colostrum are associated with significant diarrhea problems. Controlling this contamination may significantly reduce scours issues among calves.

Leadley discusses tips to improve colostrum handling in the May 2010 Calving Ease. Download this issue here.