Metaphylaxis remains a cost-effective tool for managing high-risk arrivals, but refinements could reduce the number of antibiotic treatments.
You can take preventive steps to protect calves from bovine respiratory disease (BRD), long before you ever reach for antibiotics.
When loads of stressed, high-risk calves arrive at the feedlot, it often makes economic sense to treat them all with antibiotics to prevent an almost-inevitable outbreak of bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
Cattle feeders first began using mass treatments for newly arrived calves back in the 1970s, as a means of controlling outbreaks of respiratory disease or “shipping fever.”
Animal welfare, sustainability and economics are affected when beef cattle suffer from bovine respiratory disease, or BRD.
Research and practical experience have shown a genetic component to the ability of individual cattle, or sire lines, to resist BRD pathogens.
We need to better address all three components of the disease triad.
While researchers and the industry work to develop systems to better prevent BRD, timely treatments with antibiotics will remain a critical tool for minimizing losses associated with morbidity.
Assessing the risk of cattle needing treatment for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) requires consideration of far more than exposure to patahogens.