Managing your calf’s good health Managing your calf’s good health

Managing your calf’s good health

We support farmers in their important efforts to raise healthy, thriving calves. There’s no more essential factor for a successful calf-rearing programme, as healthy calves minimise the workload, lower the veterinary bill and ease farmers’ stress.

Respiratory health in young calves

Managing respiratory health in young calves

This is crucial to ensure they reach their future potential. When the respiratory system is challenged, a calf’s mucus production increases, to help it to clear its airways.

Minimise risk of respiratory problems by providing optimal environmental conditions to increase the immunity of your calves. For help, review the protocol to maximise respiratory health, downloadable below.

calf deaths due to diarrhoea

Preventing neonatal calf diarrhoea or scours is key to reducing mortality

More than half of all neonatal calf deaths are related to diarrhoea. Nutritional factors such as poor-quality calf milk replacers and poor colostrum management contribute to the incidence of neonatal calf diarrhoea. The dehydration resulting from scours, caused by organisms such as cryptosporidium parvum, can also be fatal to a calf.

Our offering in health management

Sprayfo Osmofit

Sprayfo Osmofit

Sprayfo OsmoFit is able to keep and/or restore blood pH of calves within the normal range whereas pure water and hypertonic solutions are not, or less able to do so.

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Sprayfo HydraFit

Sprayfo HydraFit

Sprayfo HydraFit is a liquid product that is able to provide intracellular fluid pool maintenance and health support before, through or after challenging conditions.

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Sprayfo Hydration programme

Sprayfo Hydration programme

Water is the basic requirement for life. It is needed for the body to be able to function properly. If the hydration status of an animal is compromised, growth, development and performance are also compromised.

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Dehydration resulting from diarrhoea is the cause of 55% of all calf deaths in their first stage of life.
Jan Hendrik Mica, Product Manager Animal Health Products

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a calf who suffered from multiple lung-problems still suitable as a replacement heifer?

Unfortunately, no, because the damage caused by lung-problems is irreversible, will not heal and has a negative impact on resilience and production in later stages. The best recommendation we can make is to sell a calf who has experienced many lung problems.

Do you recommend mixing oral electrolyte solutions (ORS) into milk for calves sick with diarrhoea?

Milk absorbs too much of the elevated levels of salt and sugar contained in electrolyte solutions, increasing the risk of diarrhoea. If you choose to use an electrolyte solution like Sprayfo OsmoFit, check the advised dosing rate before mixing into water, and provide it in between milk feedings.


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Learn more about keeping your calves healthy

Check the Sprayfo website for additional information on a variety of calf health topics and products.

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