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For calves, respiratory vaccines are important to stimulate the adaptive or acquired immune system and help the calf develop a memory response.
Sound Prevention Strategies Help Minimize the Risk of BRD

You can take preventive steps to protect calves from bovine respiratory disease (BRD), long before you ever reach for antibiotics.

In any load of high-risk calves, susceptibility to BRD can vary widely, creating potential for more targeted treatments upon arrival.
Can Diagnostics Improve Metaphylaxis?

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).

Dr. Tom Latta, Spearman, Texas
The Evolution of Metaphylaxis

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.”

Sarah Capik, D.V.M., Ph.D., will lead a multi-state research study to determine if cattle management impacts BRD risk.
Texas A&M Study Examines Management Factors Affecting BRD Risk

Animal welfare, sustainability and economics are affected when beef cattle suffer from bovine respiratory disease, or BRD.

While pathogen exposure, environment and diet are similar, some of these cattle will contract BRD while others remain healthy, suggesting a genetic component to susceptibility or resistance.
Researchers Dissect Genetic Factors in BRD

Research and practical experience have shown a genetic component to the ability of individual cattle, or sire lines, to resist BRD pathogens.

John Maday, Editor, Bovine Veterinarian
BRD: Are We Fighting the Wrong Battle?

We need to better address all three components of the disease triad.

The impact of treatment failures extends far beyond the cost of the treatment.
BRD: Treatment Failures Add Up

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.

Mississippi State University veterinarian David Smith, DVM, PhD, system-wide approach toward BRD prevention, rather than relying on treating high-risk calves.
BRD Risk: Look at the Big Picture

Assessing the risk of cattle needing treatment for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) requires consideration of far more than exposure to patahogens.