Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Short Checklist on Preventing Pneumonia

We all like checklists. We all like short checklists. This one has a nice short bullet-list of reminders for busy calf managers. The link is http://afsdairy.ca.uky.edu/extension/herdhealth/respiratorydiseasesincalves. Enjoy.

Their summary:
  In summary, calves must be kept in a clean, dry and well-ventilated environment. Four quarts of colostrum must be offered to the calves within 6 hours of life, the sooner the better. The feeding program must be constant and provide the right amounts of nutrients to the calves. The bedding must be deep to minimize heat loss. The diagnosis of sick animals must be quick and efficient. Calves must be kept in small groups. The farmer must keep things simple, stresses must be minimal, and the changes in feeding program, housing, and group must be gradual.

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