Calf Health and Sanitation

Calf Health and Sanitation Benefits

  • Lung Ultrasound
  • Vaccination Protocols
  • Calf Housing & Ventilation
  • Sanitation Assessment
  • Nasopharyngeal Cultures

Utilizing our sanitation assessment tools will provide the first step to ensure the future of your dairy. Calves face a variety of challenges ranging from viral and bacterial pneumonia and scours (diarrhea) to environmental stress, parasites, and other pitfalls during their first 30 days of life. Without proper calf health assessment, the result can be negative and costly to overall dairy operation:

  • Increased cost of treatment
  • Increased age at calving
  • Decreased first lactation production
  • Increased culling potential

Dr. Kokaram takes a holistic approach to calf health assessment that goes beyond traditional recommendations. In addition to dry-cow and vaccination programs, early colostrum feeding, and ventilation, the additional identification of environmental challenges and sanitation can help reduce bottlenecks that may limit your calves from reaching their true potential.

The Hidden Menace

  • Surface Contagions
  • Harmful Biofilm
  • Equipment Contamination
  • Real-time ATP Luminometer

Environmental surfaces that surround the calf can pose their biggest threat: feeding buckets and tubes, bottles and nipples can allow bacteria to grow and produce a harmful biofilm. This biofilm can collect in cracks and crevices, on the surfaces of your feeding equipment and yet remain visually unnoticed.

Dr. Kokaram is trained in the use of the ATP Luminometer, a real-time assessment tool that monitors the presence of bacteria on surfaces relative to the amount of contamination present. Make our thorough calf assessment service a regular part of your calf planning schedule.