Like most dirty jobs, maintaining winter cattle facilities isn’t a glamorous or even complex task, but it is vitally important. Cold, wet cattle are, at best, not in an environment to grow and perform. At worst, they are more susceptible to developing and spreading illness, including bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
During the past few years, consumers have become increasingly interested in their food – where it comes from, how the animals were raised and what products were used during the life of the animal. Unfortunately, consumers aren’t always getting an accurate picture. Combine a significant gap between the public and agriculture with considerable misinformation run amok and consumers are rightfully confused. Antibiotic use in food production animals, including beef cattle, is one such topic that has consumers asking more questions than ever before.