All livestock producers have been urged to cut unnecessary antibiotic use, to try to prevent resistant bacteria from developing in their herds and flocks. And thanks to research at the University of Guelph, methodic management — particularly oral electrolyte replacement and water — can be the (even better) alternative. The research team created a flow chart or algorithm to help guide dairy producers’ decisions about treating diarrhea in their calves with antibiotics — one of the first research teams to do so.

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