Dehydrated Calves often = Dead Calves
During periods of hot weather we seem to be quite aware of the threat of dehydration among our calves. However, it is easy to overlook the dangers of dehydration during periods of below freezing weather.
You may want to look at this resource:
http://atticacows.com/library/newsletters/DehydrationR17169.pdf or click HERE.
The main point here are:
Why do calves get dehydrated?
Preventing dehydration is more cost effective than treating it.
1. Reduce pathogen exposure.
2. Increase immunity to pathogens.
3. Feed free-choice water.
Treating it requires timely measures appropriate to the degree of dehydration.