Any delay to turning out can put calves and lambs at an increased risk of coccidiosis. Having limited housing can mean that stock numbers increase, and levels of hygiene are put under pressure and as a result inevitably fall. The longer that animals stay in, then the greater the risk is of multiplying cocci numbers and the potential for them to reach dangerous levels.

However, if conditions are poor outside then turning out onto wet ground can be just as risky. Weather stress and contamination can also lead to high levels of challenge outdoors. The good news is that by being aware of the risk, you can be prepared to target those at risk animals (lambs and calves) before disease strikes, and this is often the best way to manage this challenge.

For more information about Cocci follow this link or call us for more advice on 01765 680215.

Sally Cornforth R-SQP

Tel: 07590 767655

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