Coccidia in Calves Being Fed Pasteurized Whole Milk
What’s the issue?
- Coccidiosis is a common disease of young calves usually between the ages of 1-2 months of age. Coccidia can damage the mucosa of the lower small intestine, cecum and colon. This disease can cause calves to have severe cases of diarrhea and calves can become dehydrated and lethargic.
- In milk replacers there is an item added called coccidistat that is given to calves to suppress the development of the life cycle of coccidia. When calves are being fed pasteurized milk coccidistat is missing, which has led to an increase in coccidia in young calves.
What’s the impact?
- Coccidosis can significantly impact your calf’s health. You may see weight loss, secondary issues such as pneumonia or even death. If your calf survives from coccidia they may have a stunted growth and not fluresh as a calf should.
- Isolate any infected calves.
- Add coccidistat to your feeding regimen. Contact your herd veterinarian for product suggestions.
- Thoroughly clean affected areas and allow to dry before placing other calves in this area.