Coccidiosis: Our Constant Companion
A new calf management resource sheet with this title is now posted at our www.atticacows.com website. Click HERE to access the sheet.
A quick summary of content:
- The chances of 100 percent of our calves in their first week of life avoiding an infective dose of coccidia oocysts is close to zero.
- Reducing shedding of oocysts is an effective control measure.
- Coccidia infections, called coccidiosis, may begin to decrease feed efficiency as early as the first week of life.
- Immunity to coccidia comes from successful response of calves’ immune system, not from colostrum.
- Successful immune response to coccidia depends on limiting the infection and keeping the calves well fed and healthy.
- Treating all calves with coccidiostatic drugs to limit infections before some of them get sick is more cost effective than waiting to treat the clinically ill calves.