There are no vaccines to prevent coccidiosis and prevention is based on good calf management, nutrition, hygiene and minimising stress. Prevention of the disease and clinical signs can be achieved by treatment with Baycox (toltrazuril) about 1 week before outbreaks are historically expected on a particular farm. Often coccidiosis occurs soon after changes to diet or housing or mixing of calves from different sources. A treatment 1 week prior to these times will help prevent disease. If one calf in a group is showing signs, it should be assumed the other calves have been exposed and should be treated too.
Baycox contains 50mg/mL toltrazuril, a potent coccidiocide. Unlike some feed additives such as coccidiostats which suppress infection, Baycox kills each developmental stage of this organism. If given before signs are seen but are historically expected, coccidiosis related diarrhoea can be prevented and further contamination of the environment with oocysts is reduced. At the same time, the ability of the calves to develop their own immunity is not affected.
Economic benefits of treatment
Apart from better calf health, better survivability and less oocyst shedding resulting in lower environmental contamination, preventing and treating coccidiosis has longer term economic benefits.
Baycox treated cattle have been shown to*:
- Have a lower age at first service
- Reached reproductive age sooner
- Have higher pregnancy rate
Baycox Product Profile
Active ingredient: toltrazuril 50mg/mL
Dosage: 3mL/10kg bodyweight
Withholding period: Meat; 56 days
*Influence of a metaphylactic treatment with Baycox® Bovis on the reproductive performances of Friesian heifers: a preliminary study. Veronesi et al. Parasitol. Res. (2013)