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i have 3 calfs with the scours blood in their stool what can be done about this/ is it common for blood to be in stool

-- jim smith (, February 14, 2002


How old are they? Did they get the mothers milk? How much experience do you have raising calves? Did you read the archives about raising calves? Do you know about acidophylius milk?...........

-- mitch hearn (, February 14, 2002.

A bolus of tetracycine and a shot of some penicillin or is very common under some circumstances and usually a single course of antibiotics will get it just fine.


-- Oscar H. Will III (, February 15, 2002.

calves are 2 weeks old. they came from differnt farms one stayed on cow for 9 days another one 4 days and 3 days they all got mamas milk. use to raise calfs when i was a kid but not in fifteen years .ive got a new barn this is the first calves in it. just started scouring today is the bloody poop a concern? im feeding southern states milk replacer mak calf not soy replacer.calves are in different stalls.2 calves are heathy acting one is very sick does this dease spread without contact?had a calf to die it came from the same farm as the calf that was on cow for nine days it took milk the day i got it was very sick the next morning and died that night what does this sound like im cleaning bottles after each feeding the beding is clean feed the same time each day i would luv to get more calves. but where is the problem?

-- jim smith (, February 15, 2002.

what is acidophylius milk and what does it do.

-- jim smith (, February 15, 2002.

I would feel much better if a vet saw the calves, since we can't see them and are just guessing. But, it sounds like coccidiosis. Corid in the water for 5 days will clear that up.

-- ~Rogo (, February 15, 2002.

Acidophylius milk is milk pasturized and the benifical bacterial returned to it after processing, available at larger grocery stores dairy caseses. Seek the word acidophylius on the ingrediances, normally on 2% milk. Antibiotics kill the good bacteria, it must be replaced as soon as possible, acidophylius milk does this. Good for all critters two or four footed.

-- mitch hearn (, February 15, 2002.

We had calves with scours really bad for a couple of years on our farm. The vet suggested that we vaccinate our cows before they calved for e-coli. That could be what yours have, it may not be anything you are doing wrong. We would lose calves that had been with their mothers from day one. We always treated it with these blue pills, I don't even know whats in them and LA-200. But its hard to get rid of scours or at least for us it was. I would take them to the vet if that didn't work. Three calves are worth a lot of money now. Good luck.

-- renabeth (, February 15, 2002.

We use Biosol liquid. If the calves are becoming week use Lifeline, Calfrescue, or one of the other electrolyte's. They are not expensive and work well.

-- bergy (, February 15, 2002.

This sounds crazy but to stop the scours try some pedialyte. Works on kids and it has worked for me on calves.

-- Joel Combs (, February 18, 2002.

Calves that run with their moms tend to be the healthiest calves you will ever see. Wonder if you would allow those calves to actually nurse a cow twice a day, if that udder would develop antibodies tailored for those calves particular ailments? That's the way God designed to keep calves healthy, you know.

-- daffodyllady (, February 18, 2002.

Stool cultures don't cost that much. Blood in the stool is not normal and leads to weakness and death. There are all sorts of reasons for bloody stools, each requiring a different treatment.

That said, we once had that and used the "pink stuff" for pigs that you can get in the farm store if you ask for it, and it worked. We also gave electrolyte replacement. With one dead already, I really would get a vet. If it is something yucky, you might even need to sterilize your pens before you bring other calves in.

-- diane (, February 18, 2002.

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