With the unwelcome winter weather, producers are trying to keep calves warm and healthy. According to Boehringer Ingelheim Professional Services Veterinarian Nathan Meyer, vigor (or lack of) is a true test of calf health. “They’re usually not keeping up with the herd and just don’t have that bright, bouncy and alert look to them. Those are some key signs,” says Meyer. “There are also signs to look for with certain diseases. For scours, look for loose stools, dehydration. With respiratory disease, there is typically a mild cough and an increased respiration rate.” When setting calves up for success, Meyer goes on to say another factor in calf health is adequate volume and quality of colostrum. That starts with the cowherd and having a strong vaccination program. Hear more.