Nigel Curr farms in partnership with his wife, Anne, and eldest son, Mark, in Cumbria. He is a second-generation farmer and bought the farm in 2008 as a sitting tenant. The farm is 410 acres, plus fell rights, and he rents a further 60 acres. He owns a herd of 50 suckler beef cows and contract rears 60 wagyu calves out of dairy cows. He also has a flock of 700 Swaledale and 25 Leicester sheep.
If a calf has scour we’re obviously concerned for the health and welfare of the animal but it can also be hugely time-consuming and we often have to dedicate a lot of effort to caring for the calf involved.
“Six or seven years ago we had quite a few calves with scour, but we now vaccinate against E. coli, rotavirus and coronavirus and have two or three cases a year. We calf outside during the spring, which helps, and only bring animals inside if they’re struggling. If a calf has scour we’re obviously concerned for the health and welfare of the animal but it can also be hugely time-consuming and we often have to dedicate a lot of effort to caring for the calf involved.
“Our vet told us about Rehydion which has revolutionised how we manage scour – it’s really easy to use, can be administered alongside milk and seems to work really well. We find that calves tend to pick up quickly once Rehydion has been administered and as they’re kept on milk, calves appear happier and more settled. Rehydion provides us with peace of mind as we know it will work!
“It’s also versatile as we now use Rehydion on our lambs for scour, if they appear dehydrated or if they just need a ‘bit of a boost’ if they’re cold and it seems to work really well.”
“My advice for any farmers thinking about using Rehydion is to give it a go!”
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