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Zelnate Offers Cattle Producers New Tool in Fighting BRD

Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:09:58 CDT

Zelnate Offers Cattle Producers New Tool in Fighting BRD

The number one problem for the cattle producers is Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). Bayer HealthCare LLC is rolling out a new way to fight BRD in introducing Zelnate to the US beef cattle industry. Bayer Technical Services Veterinarian Dr. Larry Hawkins said one of the reasons Bayer is excited about Zelnate is the seriousness of BRD.

"Over 65 percent of the treatments given in the cattle industry are because of respiratory disease in cattle," Hawkins said.

The disease often referred to as "shipping fever" is a complex disease. It comes from a combination of a virus, bacteria and stress. Hawkins said BRD has become the number one disease for the cattle industry. BRD causes economic losses, as well as emotional hardship for cattle producers.

"It's their livelihood, it's their business," Hawkins said. "They're animal caretakers, they take it as a personal attack when their cattle get sick. They think they have done the best they can possibility do, as far as vaccines, as far as purchasing the best cattle that they can come up with in many cases, then those animals get sick and they want to provide for them in the best manner."

With BRD being such a serious problem, Bayer Animal Health is really excited about this new product they are able to offer cattle producers with Zelnate. Dr. Hawkins said clinical trials with Zelnate shows that it reduces mortality in cattle and it also reduces the amount of lung tissue lost when animals are infected with BRD. That's an important economic factor in potentially reducing the need for antibiotics. Dr. Hawkins said its important producers have every tool available in the battle against BRD.

Bayer has developed a website that explains in greater detail about Zelnate- click here to learn more about Zelnate.

At the beginning of summer, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays participated in a special media preview for a new animal health product that is being officially rolled out this month. Hays featured Dr. Larry Hawkins on the Beef Buzz feature. Click or tap on the LISTEN BAR below to listen to today's Beef Buzz.

The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.



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