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Livestock => Sheep => Topic started by: tommytink on June 15, 2022, 02:26:28 pm

Title: Himalayan rock salt and scours
Post by: tommytink on June 15, 2022, 02:26:28 pm
Any evidence that the Himalayan rock salt you put in fields can cause scouring? I usually have a tub with some in in most fields. Can over use, particularly in lambs, cause an issue?

I have a lamb who had bad scours. It seemed to be clearing up so put them back with main flock where there is a salt block and heís scouring badly again today. I saw him on it once, when he first went back in to the field, but havenít seen him constantly on it or anything.

The OH has a theory that the salt could disagree with him. Itís coming out in a hot jet of water and I donít believe a salt lick would cause that, but the OH says maybe it is. Just wondered on anyone elseís opinionÖ?
Title: Re: Himalayan rock salt and scours
Post by: twizzel on June 15, 2022, 05:04:36 pm
Canít say Iíve heard of it causing problems. Do a fec on the lamb and that may give some idea why itís scouring.
Title: Re: Himalayan rock salt and scours
Post by: tommytink on June 24, 2022, 08:01:44 am
Iíd had a FEC done which showed low worms (good as Iíd used wormer already) and lots of cocci. Obvs no way of telling whether it was bad cocci so vet said to dose with Tolracol to cover. Pooh went from water to just soft but then went backwards again. Ended up using meds for crypto which has sorted problem. Same lamb had same issue in April and it was the crypto meds that cleared him then. Always seems that if it isnít worms or cocci thereís not much you can do. But the main thing is heís now better.
Title: Re: Himalayan rock salt and scours
Post by: tommytink on June 24, 2022, 08:07:40 am
And vet said it wouldnít be the salt either!