Using Rehydion Gel means we can keep scouring calves on milk
John Traynor, Dunmoe, Navan, Co. Meath
John Traynor farms in partnership with his brother and runs a busy mixed farm in the Boyne Valley in Dunmoe. Milking 60 cows on an Autumn/Spring calving system plus growing cereals means that the workload is busy all year round for the Traynors.
Calf rearing is a critical area on the farm, we don’t need any setbacks. That's why we use Rehydion Gel to treat calves that may be showing signs of scour. It's very effective, and quick to use, at the first sign of scour I add 40 ml into the milk for 3-4 feeds and within 2 days the calf is flying again.
I never have any set back in performance, which is the key. I used to use other products that needed mixing in warm water and I had to run back and forward to the dairy, now I just have the bottle on stand by and I can dose straight into the milk at the first sign of scour. The electrolyte can be used in milk, and is quick and handy. According to AHI the best way to treat scour was to use something that worked with milk.
We supply Lakeland dairies and we need to ensure we have quality replacements heifers coming through, The farm is averaging 1400 gallons and we try to breed an good solid cow, not too extreme. We rear all the calves and use AI and a stock bull. The animal’s comfort is key on this farm; all animals including the cows are on straw bedded sheds.