The general premise of vaccination, that it presents an animal with an imprint of disease so the immune system can respond more quickly and effectively to the real thing, isn’t complex. However, with the rapid advances in vaccine technology, and broad choice of new and proven product offerings, selecting a vaccine, as well as injection timing appropriate for your operation, certainly can be.
Once an animal develops symptoms of bovine respiratory disease (BRD), there is more-or-less only one tool in the toolbox – antibiotics. However, as most producers have learned at some point or another, the same product, or the same strategy, doesn’t always have the same effect.
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.
The process of weaning calves is a significant contributor to bovine respiratory disease (BRD) outbreaks. Because BRD is more likely to occur in cattle when they are put in stressful situations, there are steps to consider to minimize the risk.