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Best Bottle Calf Recipe For Scours!

Updated on May 15, 2011

Scour Recipe


Calf Health

The weather here in Southwest Idaho has wreaked havoc on my bottle babies this year! I lost several calves to scours and dehydration or pneumonia. I tried all of the feed store brands of electrolytes but found them all lacking and over priced. My calves wanted nothing to do with them and wouldn't drink them! 

Here are a couple of the ways I have stopped my calf mortality...

Simple and Effective Recipe to Cure Scours!

This recipe I found online is the best and has brought my calves back from near death!

The price is also a fraction of that of commercial electrolytes!

When they will not drink anything else they will drink this! I have never had to tube a calf when feeding this mixed with warm water to equal 2 quarts.

1 can beef broth (not concentrate)

1 box of pectin(the kind used to make jello)

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp salt

Mix Broth and baking soda and salt, add pectin and mix with enough warm water to make 2 quarts( a full calf bottle). Feed to the calf laying down, standing up, whatever you have to do to get it down his throat. Once they taste it they usually want it and will keep sucking. 

Feed 2 bottles of this before returning to regular milk feedings and feed the milk in smaller amounts more often. 

Example: 1 quart of replacer 4 times a day or split 2 bottles into 3 feedings. Sometimes little calves cannot handle all that milk and over feeding is what causes the scours to begin with.


Another big help I have found is giving Selenium and Vitamin A&D. 

I inject Bo-Se 2.75 ml and 1.5ml of Vitamin A&D 

The minute I get my calves home. This has helped with preventing White Muscle disease. They go down and wont drink and do not have scours, lose their will to live. This has happened to  a couple of calves this year. Since I started these shots It has stopped.

B-12 helps to bring back their appetites when they are not feeling good as well. Ask your vet for prescriptions for that and the Bo-Se.


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