Rehydion Gel, Ideal for Suckler Farmers
Pictured Elaine McElearney, Practice Manager at Jim O’Gorman Veterinary Practice in Co. Monaghan
O’Gorman’s veterinary practice in Monaghan services 50:50 suckler and dairy farms. Practice Manager Elaine McElearney is an advocate for Rehydion Gel as she sees the merits with using Rehydion Gel particularly on suckler farms.
Elaine goes onto say “Rehydion Gel is ideal for sucker farmers. After dosing the calf, she stays with the cow so the maternal bond can be maintained. As there’s no separation, it prevents what could be a very stressful situation for the cow, calf and farmer. If the calf had to be taken away, its heartache for everyone especially the farmer who has to separate the animals and milk the distressed cow by hand”.
“The calves are still digesting milk so they’re not losing out on getting antibodies, nutrition or energy for weight gain plus they get the immediate benefit of electrolytes, so best of both worlds, allowing calves to reach their true potential”.
A Rehydion Gel bottle contains 320ml which is enough for 8 calf feeds. The distinctive yellow top also acts as a handy measuring cap. Elaine says “Farmers find the measuring cap very handy. And as there’s no mixing, there’s no fuss for the farmer, plus calves find it very palatable. You can feed it by suckler or throw it into the milk for the dairy calves.” “It’s great value dosing 2 calves for 2 days. Cost doesn’t come into it with our farmers as you get what you pay for. I always recommend it to farmers as first line.”
Rehydion Gel is an oral rehydration treatment that can be added to milk, with guaranteed milk clotting. Rehydion Gel stops dehydration and lines the stomach. It overcomes the need for the calf to be removed from milk when treated for calf scour.
Rehydion Gel is faster, guaranteed milk clotting and helps to maintain a lower abomasal pH. Its high palatability and efficient dilution in milk allows weight gain to continue, even in cases of severe scour.
Liam Holton, Interchem Eastern Territory Manager says “Continued milk feeding also aids gut healing and provides natural antimicrobial actions and Animal Health Ireland recommends that nutritional scour calves are not deprived of milk.” Rehydion Gel is available from vets, farm supply shops, Agri-merchants and Co-ops. Rehydion Gel is distributed by Interchem Ireland Limited.