Cider Vinegar is proving an effective tool in the treatment
of calf scour. David Partridge of Ennerleigh Farm
(who farms 1000 acres in the Exe Valley) has been buying Somerset
Cider Vinegar for the last few months to treat his calves. His farm
is home to around 1,000 cattle and the calf shed is busy all year
are three men who work in the calf shed and they all agree that
we have had far fewer problems since we have been using the cider
vinegar,” said Mr Partridge.
has been much reduced and the calves have been healthier and lest
prone to infection all round,” he said.
fermented cider vinegars contain pectins from the cider
apple skins. Dessert and culinary apples have had many of the pectins
bred out of them. The pectins bind to harmful, scour creating bacteria
and both are excreted from the calves gut together.
cider vinegar will also balance the pH of the animal’s stomach,
creating a less favourable environment for bacteria to live in the
potassium in cider vinegar also helps the animal to digest nutrition
from its feed, particularly calcium, phosphorus and copper. Potassium
is also important in a cow’s ability to deal with mastitis.
Partridge adds between 15/20ml cider vinegar per calf to their milk
each day. Bulk orders are available from Somerset