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).