Apple Cider Vinegar and Calf Scours

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Apple Cider Vinegar has been touted as a health food for awhile now in people. It’s said to balance out pH levels in our gut, help kill certain bacteria, and aid in digestion.

Apparently, it can cure scours in calves.

Scours, as you know, is diarrhea in calves. Scours makes runny stools that are gray, white, or yellowish. Calves can easily get dehydrated if they have scours. Electrolytes are important for calves–in addition to feed–to help rehydrate them. Scours are caused by the e.coli bacteria.

There is evidence in dairy calves that adding apple cider vinegar to a bottle of milk replacer can kill the e.coli. Click here for the article at Progressive Dairyman for the specifics.

According to Grass Farmers Supply, apple cider vinegar can also be used to help digestion in cattle. It can aid in parasitic control and also stabilize pH levels. For specific guidelines, visit Grass Farmers Supply page on benefits and dosing.

Don’t forgo visiting with your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment if needed. Our goal is to always care for our cattle the best way we can!