Japanese chickens treat NZ calf scours
By making use of antibodies made by Japanese chickens, New Zealand calves are better equipped to fight potentially fatal scours.
Te Awamutu company Independent Veterinary Supplies has gained a world first New Zealand Food Safety Authority animal remedy registration for its Rotagen Combo product.
The product is made from a combination of antibodies produced in the eggs of Japanese hens that have been vaccinated with antigens for common calf scours viruses. These included rotavirus, E. coli and salmonella.
The anitobodies used in the product, used either as a milk drink or warm water drench, provides a preventive aid and treatment for common viruses that cause neonatal scours (a common cause of calf death and poor development) in calves.
“This is the first time it’s been registered as an animal remedy anywhere in the world,” said Independent Veterinary Supplies general manager Lindsay Chitty.