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Kingshay's Knowledgebase - Calf Health

BVDv - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (updated)

BVDv - Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (updated)

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDv) is one of the most significant viral infections of cattle, affecting all ages, including the unborn calf.

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Calf Housing Farming Note

Calf Housing Farming Note

It is estimated that more than 6% of calves die before they reach six months of age, most of these losses occur in the first month of the calves’ life and many are a re...

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Calf pneumonia

Calf pneumonia

Bovine respiratory disease is a major health problem in calves which has both long-term and short-term deleterious consequences.  It is a multifactorial disease which ca...

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Calf Scours

Calf Scours

Diarrhoea or ‘scours’ is one of the leading causes of mortality in pre-weaned calves, particularly in the first month of life. The cost of an outbreak of scour can av...

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Calf Scours (Bacterial) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Bacterial) Farming Note

Bacterial calf scours can be seriously debilitating and even fatal in the young pre-weaned calf. Losses range from £50 to £165 per exposed calf. This Farming Note cove...

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Calf Scours (Parasite Infections) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Parasite Infections) Farming Note

Loss of condition, reduced liveweight gains and even mortality can all be caused by calf scour parasite infections, cryptosporidium and coccidiosis. It is difficult to q...

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Calf Scours (Viruses) Farming Note

Calf Scours (Viruses) Farming Note

55% of calf mortality from scours is due to Rotavirus and Corona virus. It is emotionally and economically draining trying to nurse scouring calves back to health, whilst...

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Calf Weaning

Calf Weaning

Traditional calf feeding practice limits milk fed to encourage early intakes of concentrates and promote earlier weaning, to cut feed costs and labour. Recent research ho...

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Clostridial Diseases Farming Note

Clostridial Diseases Farming Note

Clostridial bacteria are always in the environment but once triggered by a stress factor to release toxins, they can lead to disease which often proves fatal. Clostridial...

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Coccidiosis Farming Note

Coccidiosis Farming Note

Coccidiosis infection in young cattle reduces daily liveweight gain, increases the cost of cattle rearing and in severe cases can be fatal. If coccidiosis is present on a...

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Colostrum Management Farming Note

Colostrum Management Farming Note

According to Vetmed 2010, only 60% of calves left with their mother get adequate immunity. Effective colostrum management is vital to get calves off to a good start, how...

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Ectoparasites Farming Note

Ectoparasites Farming Note

Ectoparasites (external parasites) affect cows throughout the year. During the summer, flies can be a big issue, whilst in the winter housed cows are susceptible to lice ...

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