Bryan Fell is a beef and sheep farmer and farms 350 acres in a family partnership near Keswick, Cumbria. He has 80 Limousin-cross beef cattle and 650 ewes, which are predominately Beltex cross Texel to produce prime lambs. He also has a flock of Swaledales which are crossed to produce North of England Mules.
Calves with scour can go downhill so quickly; it can be worrying and we often have to be more observant and check them more regularly. This can increase the amount of time spent managing the condition and costs can spiral.
“Scour was a big problem for us about six or seven years ago, but we upped our hygiene standards and regularly disinfected our calving pens, so we now only tend to get a couple of cases of scour each year.
“Calves with scour can go downhill so quickly; it can be worrying and we often have to be more observant and check them more regularly. This can increase the amount of time spent managing the condition and costs can spiral.
“We heard about Rehydion from our local agricultural supplier a few years ago and have used it successfully on scouring calves ever since, while keeping calves suckling milk. We’ve found it to be less wasteful, more efficient and user-friendly and we feel that we’ve tried our best and given our scouring calves the best shot at recovery.
“We had never thought about using it in lambs, but we went to a talk at our vets last year about the benefits of using Rehydion during lambing and we would now thoroughly recommend it.
“Not only do we use Rehydion in scouring lambs, but we’ve seen a real advantage when using Rehydion in lambs in a variety of other situations as well. These include using it on lambs from multiple births during the transition period; we give the lamb artificial colostrum and a shot of Rehydion, repeat this for a couple of days and we find it helps with the transition onto another sheep or onto an automatic feeder. We also often use Rehydion on lambs under heat lamps to keep them hydrated; a shot of Rehydion seems to cover all bases and keeps them going.
“We would never be without a bottle of Rehydion, just in case! Don’t be afraid to try it!”
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