According to data from the National Animal Health Monitoring System, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the second leading suspected cause of pre-weaning mortality for U.S. cattle. While the majority of early cases don’t result in the loss of the animal, it is still important to take precautions. At this critical stage, even a mild case of BRD does damage that will limit a calf’s lifetime potential.
Animal performance starts with the cow. Calves born to well-managed cows are primed for success; less healthy ones will never regain their lost potential – including resistance to bovine respiratory disease (BRD). To start calves out right, with proper immune stimulation, focus on following the four P’s: prepare, prevent, protect and preserve.
With all the decisions cattlemen make and the investment behind each animal, it’s amazing how often important health management choices come down to a knee-jerk reaction. Responsible producers already have a trove of health data on their herds, but treatment records are more than just an expense tracker and compliance necessity. With further examination, they can be a key tool to make better decisions.