We all know proper nutrition is crucial to raising healthy cattle. What is less clear is how to provide it. Animals’ needs change significantly throughout their lifecycle, as can the nutritional value of feedstuffs. To achieve peak performance, including minimal occurrence of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), producers need to understand the basics and always think a step ahead.
Weaning can be a difficult time for calves. Challenged by separation from the cow, an abrupt dietary transition and often a move to a new environment, they become especially vulnerable to illness, including bovine respiratory disease (BRD). However, a growing number of producers are exploring alternative methods to take some of the stress out of the period we often refer to as the “bawling calf” stage.
Hot or cold, extreme temperatures can challenge cattle’s health. Typical summer stressors, like heat, dust, crowding and a change in nutritional profile, amplify a range of risks, including bovine respiratory disease (BRD). To maintain healthy herds and consistent performance, producers need to understand how cattle respond to heat in order to make good decisions about the health of their animals during the summer months.