One outbreak of diarrhoea in a heifer calf costs at least 150 euros per affected animal.
During calf rearing it is important to keep the infection pressure on the farm as low as possible. Diarrhoea is an often occurring health issue in young calves. Research has shown that 53% of all calf mortality in the preweaning period is caused by diarrhoea. Furthermore, a calf that suffers from diarrhoea has a 17 times larger chance of contracting respiratory problems1. On top of that, the risk of premature culling of the dairy cow in the first lactation is 2.5 times larger1. This leads to substantial financial consequences for the dairy farmer. Research also reveals that an outbreak of diarrhoea costs between 75 and 145 euros2.
Research shows that one case of diarrhoea in a calf results in one week of no growth. The estimated future financial loss amounts to another 75 euros per calf. Therefore, an outbreak of diarrhoea in a young heifer will cost at least 150 euros per affected animal.
1 Antonis et al., 2017
2 Lührmann, 2009
How can we reduce the risk of diarrhoea?
A prevention programme to reduce the number of diarrhoea infections in the preweaning phase should be aimed at supporting the immune status, combined with a reduction of the infectious pressure on the farm.
The circumstances may vary greatly between farms. In general:
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