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Calf scour risks rising as seasons change

THE risk of scour rises as winter turns to spring due to the sheer number of young stock passing through busy calf rearing and lambing pens.

The battle to keep up hygiene standards gets ever harder over a long, busy winter. Even on very tidy, well-run farms outbreaks of scour become more common as ever more wee calves and lambs arrive. So having AsGold to hand to allow for prompt action is sound commonsense.

AsGold is an electrolyte with added fibres to promote a healthy gut for both calves and lambs and should be used where digestive upsets are seen or as directed by your veterinary surgeon.

This well proven product from Volac can be fed alone, with water or added to either milk or milk replacer. Thus there is no need to withdrawn milk from young stock at risk.

Calves with mild and nutritional scours should continue to receive normal amounts of milk or milk replacer as long as they want to drink. Never feed diluted milk to ill calves.

If milk is withdrawn calves quickly lose body condition leading to either death from starvation or stunted growth.

Volac manager Una Hickey urges farmers to have AsGold in their medicine cupboards for peace of mind and to ensure timely use once scour is seen.

AsGold contains glucose and electrolytes to reenergise and rehydrate the calf as well as natural plant fibres and pectins to maintain that vital healthy gut. An ideal first feed for bought in calves, ASGold is widely used to aid recovery from digestive upsets in both calves and lambs.

This unique product, a must-have in every calf house and lambing shed, can be obtained from farm suppliers and vets Province-wide in 500g pouches, 2.5kg and 5kg tubs.

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