Diarrhoea can be caused by bacteria (E. coli, salmonella), viruses (rota, corona) or parasites (cryptosporidia, coccidia). Rota and corona infections, which generally occur during the first month of life, can in turn lead to parasitic disorders such as cryptosporidia. Feeding errors and insufficient hygiene can also cause diarrhoea. Diarrhoea results in discomfort and retarded growth in calves. In the worst case scenario, it can even result in death.
Colostrum plays a key role in tackling diarrhoea. Correctly providing each calf with good-quality colostrum allows the animal to build up immunity, which is a key tool in preventing diarrhoea.