Lost 2 calves this week. One was 10 days old, the other about 2 weeks old. Both had messy behinds, indicating scours, but no dehydration evident. Both had been nursing, because one was found with a full belly. Both calves were born during a wet spell, and We calved this year in a spot years ago that which the previous owner had scours problems, but my husband thought after many years, the virus would be gone. How long does the scours virus stay in the ground? The calves are moved off this area with in 2 days of being born. I think these deaths are from scours, and we should take a sample of their stuck on poop to the vet to confirm. Husband thinks since its old stuck on stuff, it cant be done. Whats everyones opinion on that, and if not scours, what??? We WILL not calve their again, thats for sure. We are treating any calf at first sign of messy behinds immediatly for scours now, as these two dead ones went down quickly. Any help would be appreciated. BTW- we calved in a differant area last year, and had no scour problem. thats why we think its ground related.