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Calf scours webinar for beef producers

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Monday, 25. March 2013 - 9:00

The Department of Agriculture and Food is inviting beef producers to a free online webinar focused on improving profitability by preventing and managing calf scours.

Department veterinary officer Tom De Ridder said calf scours could be a costly problem for individual beef enterprises.

 “The webinar, on the third of April, will provide beef producers with tips on how to reduce the incidence of calf scours occurring and how to treat it,” Dr De Ridder said.

Information about the various causes of scours and the physiological effects on the calf will also be presented by department veterinary pathologist David Forshaw.

“Labour, treatments, calf deaths, reduced growth rates and lower weaning weights all contribute to the cost of scours, which in some cases can be significant,” Dr De Ridder said.

“There are multiple infectious causes of calf scours and an understanding of how they are transmitted, the effect they have on the calf and the factors influencing calf immunity help to determine the best treatment and management options.

“There is often a combination of factors involved in contracting scours, however preventative management practices apply to all cases.”

You can join the online seminar from any computer with an internet connection. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions.

 The webinar will be held from 7-8 pm on Wednesday, 3 April. Registration is required by contacting Dale Sutton on 9892 8493 or


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