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Good Animal Husbandry Can Help Reduce BRD Says Dr. Jim Sears, Elanco Animal Health
Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:17:04 CST
Good animal husbandry practices are the best way to reduce bovine respiratory disease (BRD), which wreaks havoc on cattle herds every year, especially when they are stressed. On today's Beef Buzz Dr. Jim Sears, veterinarian and senior technical advisor with Elanco Animal Health, provides advice on how to reduce the incidence of BRD.
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Basically, just a lot of common-sense things cattlemen already know, Sears said.
There are some things beyond our control, such as weather, but Sears encourages producers to think ahead and plan for the weather challenges.
Sears advises producers to have windbreaks, dry ground, plenty of space for the cattle and good nutrition.
A big part of the prevention, Sears said, is to anticipate what vaccines to use for preventive care ahead of the stressful events.
I always encourage producers to work with your veterinarian closely and agree on a plan, Sears said.
When we have sick calves with respiratory disease, we're treating the bacterial infection with antibiotics and there are many good choices available, Sears said.
Elanco does have a relatively new product (Zelnate) that acts as an immune stimulate and can reduce lung damage and death loss, Sears said.
Sears adds to stick with your plan and review it from time to time.
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