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Scour in calves and lambs

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From the immediate issues of increased death rates and reduced weight gain to the negative impact on long-term reproductive performance, scour is a problem with lasting consequences.

Understanding how scour affects young animals is the first step to making sure it is properly addressed.

Scour can be the result of numerous pathogens or nutritional issues and may be exacerbated by:

  • Inadequate colostrum intake
  • Environmental pressure
  • Stocking density
  • Concurrent disease
  • Compromised immune system

Scouring animals rapidly lose fluids and electrolytes


Scour is the most common cause of death in young calves5,6

Reduced weight gain
Reduced long-term productive and reproductive performance7

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