Anticoccidials and calves

Coccidiosis is the most prevalent disease in the New Zealand shed-reared calf. Signs of coccidiosis are diarrhoea (often bloody), loss of appetite and body weight, and in severe cases, death. Much of the damage done by coccidiosis occurs before clinical signs are observed. By the time it is symptomatic the coccidia have established themselves in the intestinal cells of the calf, and caused extensive damage. The damage reduces digestibility, causes scours, and reduces the appetite of the calf.

The best method of minimising the effects of coccidiosis is prevention. This can be accomplished by a combination of hygiene and use of an anticoccidial in feed and milks.

Anticoccidial is standard in all Ngahiwi Calf Milk Replacers. Anticoccidial reduce the effects of parasitic coccidian infections in young calves. Ngahiwi prefer Deccox®.

Why put an anticoccidial in calf milk replacer?
  • It’s easy
  • It’s cheap. The cost of the anticoccidial in starters is only pennies a day. It’s an excellent investment to prevent coccidial infection
  • Prevention is better than cure! It is very hard to stem coccidiosis once it is established
  • Over 90% of the economic loss caused by coccidiosis occurs sub-clinically when it is very difficult to detect

"I supplement my replacement heifer program with Ngahiwi Calf Milk Replacer and Whey Milk Replacer. I have never had any calf health problems and find the milk mixes readily and the calves love it. My heifers reached their target weight much earlier and cheaper than previously"

John Hathaway
Businessman and Dairy Farmer (Reporoa)

"I rear over a thousand calves a year and always use Ngahiwi to supplement a liquid whole milk rearing program. I like the product, service and good value of their powder. All that you need - a premix, prebiotic, probiotic and coccidiastat, is in the powder. No need to buy expensive extras."

Blair Snelling
Calf Rearer and Beef Farmer (Maungatapere)

"I have used Ngahiwi Calf Milk Replacer for 20 seasons rearing thousands of calves in that time. Ngahiwi mixes easily and my young calves thrive. Ngahiwi contains, as standard, prebiotics, probiotics and a coccidiastat. Excellent product!"

Chris Coxhead
Bull Farmer (Waitakaruru)