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.