Avoid scour in calf creeps: I have had a few calls from farmers who have scour problems in sheds. While scour issues most commonly occur later in the spring, it is worth keeping a close eye out for the start of a problem.

The risk of a scour outbreak is usually higher where both an autumn and spring calving suckler herd are on the farm and housed in the same shed. If there is any evidence of a calf with scour, the first port of call should be immediate isolation. Moving the calf and its mother to an isolation pen will help to reduce the risk of the disease spreading to other calves. The next thing should be to identify the cause of the scour. Taking a sample of the scour and having it analysed should point out the type of infection and help identify the correct treatment.