Story: Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer

Calves with diarrhoea

Calves with diarrhoea

Calves are particularly susceptible to infection if their rearing pens are not kept clean. This is especially so if they have not received adequate colostrum (first milk) from the mother – it contains protective antibodies to fight disease. Diarrhoea or scours is an immediate sign of a problem.

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Reference: Paul Martin, Lifestyle farming in New Zealand. Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing, 2006, p. 16
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Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, 'Diseases of sheep, cattle and deer - Cattle diarrhoea and related diseases', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Gary Clark, Neville Grace and Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008