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Coccidiosis can occur wherever cattle are raised and is highly infectious. The most well-known sign of coccidiosis is bloody diarrhoea. However, up to 95% of infected calves show no sign of this but are still affected by this disease.
Symptoms of coccidiosis can include:
- Loss of appetite
- Reduced feed intake
- Retarded growth
- Secondary infections
- Watery diarrhoea accompanied by mucus, straining and blood
Symptoms are often subtle and easily overlooked. However, damage caused to the gut surface means there is a lower feed conversion rate. This and a reduced appetite lead to retarded growth, preventing calves from reaching their full potential.