Calf Health: The Scourge of Scours

Published on Wed, 08/24/2016 - 2:01pm

By Bryan Blatt | Sponsored by: EcoPlanet Environmental

     Sx Oral Electrolyte and Nutritional Supplement is a new product created to address the problem of dehydration associated with scours in calves. EcoPlanet Environmental, LLC is marketing the product, which will be available this fall. Sx Oral Electrolyte rehydrates young calves with scours quickly, thereby reducing mortality.The quick action of the product saves the dairyman and livestock producer time and money in the fight against scours. Sx usually resolves dehydration within 8 hours and typically only requires one feeding. Actual field studies conducted by EcoPlanet have shown that this quick action occurs in up to 90% of all calves with just one feeding.This compares with most oral electrolytes that can require 3–5 days of treatment twice a day. The product typically costs significantly less than of other oral electrolytes currently on the market when labor costs are considered. It is a premixed and ready to use formula.

Developed by Dr. Gary Strobel, Professor Emeritus with Montana State University, Sx is more effective at resolving dehydration than other oral electrolytes on the market. EcoPlanet has been conducting field tests of its product at both dairies and during calving season on ranches throughout the country for the last several years.Dairymen and livestock producers have confirmed its effectiveness. The use of Sx Oral Electrolyte and Nutritional Supplement is a milestone in dealing with the problem of dehydration in young calves. Sx Oral Electrolyte balances the gut of young calves quickly and rehydrates them more effectively than any other product on the market.Sx Oral Electrolyte and Nutritional Supplement is EcoPlanet’s first product release in the animal health market based upon what they have termed Sx Technology. This novel technology is based upon Dr. Strobel’s knowledge of the biological warfare that goes on everyday in nature.The oral electrolyte that EcoPlanet is now marketing is extremely effective at balancing the gut flora of ruminants and monogastric livestock. Numerous field studies have shown that Sx Oral Electrolyte and Nutritional Supplement is effective in both beef and dairy calves.A number of dairies, calf ranches, and cow/calf pair operations have used Sx nationally. The results have amazed dairy operators and veterinarians across the country. David Holm, Holm Dairy in Fruitland, ID has commented “it is the best tool we have for scours.”

Like the European Union, which banned the use of antibiotics for the promotion of growth in 2006, the FDA is now doing likewise in January of 2017. The overuse of antibiotics in livestock has been one of the causes of the development antibiotic resistant superbugs in this country. It is estimated that over 2,000,000 people in the United States contract infections from these superbugs annually.

Furthermore, nearly 23,000 people die from these infections when antibiotics of last resort are no longer effective against these pathogens. We are fast approaching the post-antibiotic era for the treatment of both human’s and livestock when our wonder drugs will no longer be effective against infections.EcoPlanet is committed to developing natural products, which are cost effective, work quickly, and are safe.

For more information, regarding Sx Oral Electrolyte and Nutritional Supplement contact Bryan Blatt at or call 406-585-1122.