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.
Bryan Mussard is the owner/operator of Big West Management in Dillon, Mont., which includes the management of 11,000 head of cattle at his feedlot. In this guest post, Mussard shares his tips for the daily management and treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD).