Lambs and White Scours: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

This step-by-step guide explains how to treat lambs and white scours, a deadly sheep disease, includes information on medications, housing sick lambs and medical advice.

| January/February 1978

Treating lambs and white scours, learn requirements for specific medications and methods for treatment of this disease.

Lambs and White Scours: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

White scours is a dysentery-like malady that can — and frequently does — afflict lambs and calves within their first few weeks of life. (There's also a black scours which affects cattle and sheep of all ages.) Any upset — including a trip through a sale yard, sudden change of diet, exposure to diseased animals, or overfeeding — can bring on the ailment.

The symptoms of white scours are fourfold. They include:

[1] Elevated temperature. For a lamb, that means anything over 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

[2] Runny, light-colored feces. (Healthy young lambs have yellow manure which — within a week after birth — changes to a normal brown color.)

[3] General weakness, characterized by an inability to stand up, lack of alertness, and disregard for food or drink.

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