It's transition time for calves as they move into the feeder or stocker stage of life. Unfortunately, transition equals stress for calves, which can result in increased incidence of disease. Dr. Nels Lindberg, Animal Medical Center, Great Bend, Kan., says coccidiosis is one disease producers should pay extra attention to. Coccidiosis is a stress-induced disease made prominent as calves are separated from their mothers, shipped and have to adjust to a new diet.
Dr. Lindberg says the disease, commonly seen in beef calves, can be seen in all environments and geographies, and the prevalence of infection can be up to 100%. So, according to Lindberg, producers should help calves fight coccidiosis as part of their receiving routines.
Coccidiosis can also be an unseen problem. Dr. Lindberg says 95% of all cases are subclinical and are never diagnosed. Visible signs may not be observed until three to eight weeks after the initial infection. By then, much of the damage has already been done. For help, producers should consult their veterinarian.