Catch up on BRD

While antibiotic treatments can reduce the impact of BRD, preventive measures can minimize the need for treatments and potentially slow the progression of antimicrobial resistance. ( John Maday )

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) remains the most common and costly health problem for beef cattle producers, and progress sometimes seems elusive. Research continues though, and veterinarians have a growing inventory of tools and strategies for minimizing losses associated with the BRD complex on feedyards, ranches and dairies.

Veterinarians and producers can catch up on the latest BRD research and practical strategies at the 2019 BRD Symposium, taking place August 7 and 8 in Denver. The two-day symposium precedes the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) Summer Conference, which begins the evening of Thursday, August 8 and continues through noon on Saturday, August 10.

The most recent BRD Symposium was held in 2014.

Registration for the BRD Symposium and the AVC conference is available online through the AVC website.

Presentations during the BRD Symposium will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Impact and economics of BRD
  • BRD risk factors for beef and dairy producers
  • BRD in dairy calves, replacement heifers and feeder steers
  • BRD in beef cow-calf, stocker and feeding operations
  • The latest in BRD diagnostics and microbiome research
  • Aspects of BRD treatment failures
  • The role of genomics and genetic selection in managing BRD
  • FDA update on antimicrobial licensing, adverse events, and future issues
  • Antimicrobial resistance and responsible use of antimicrobials in BRD management¬†

The AVC Conference also will offer content along with the following:

  • Histophilus vaccine research
  • Real efficiency numbers for feedyards
  • Large-animal student liability
  • Animal Disease Traceability Project
  • Integration of block chain in food systems
  • Tips for beef cattle vets to respond to disaster
  • Research abstracts
  • Heart failure study in feedlot cattle
  • Diagnostic lab summary report project

Find the full agenda, registration and hotel information on the AVC website.

For more on BRD research, see these articles on BovineVetOnline:

A Sniff Test for BRD?

The Economic Cost of Feedlot BRD

BRD: Back to Basics

Activity Monitoring Could Predict BRD

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