Farmers in the UK decided to treat their calves on the farms as young children and put on customized coats to keep them warm. They say that similar to children that go out in the cold not dressed warm enough, calves when cold are more likely to get in contact with common infections and bacteria.
Farmers are getting more aware of over-using antibiotics, not because of the cost of it, but because of the antibiotic resistance that can follow. Additionally, they fear the fact that these antibiotics are transferable to humans.
The fight against antibiotic resistance starts with knowing when the animals are most likely to get sick and what we can do about it. They make sure the calves get more colostrum so they can build higher levels of antibodies and be putting coats on them to prevent catching a chill while there are strong winds or broken ventilation at the barns.
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