Respiratory Ailments

Prevent beef calf respiratory disease

When calves die in their first three weeks of life, the major causes are calving-related problems or weather-related causes (25.7% and 25.6%, respectively), according to the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Beef 2007-2008 report. But after 3 weeks of age, almost one-third of beef calf deaths are from respiratory disease. W. Mark Hilton, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Beef Cattle, Purdue University, generally sees respiratory issues and summer pneumonia in calves between 2–4 months of age. FULL STORY »

Cow-calf corner: Getting calves to start breathing quickly Play video

In Cow-Calf Corner this week, Glenn Selk explains the importance of getting a calf to breathe as quickly as possible after birth. FULL STORY »

Help baby calves start breathing

All baby calves are born with some degree of respiratory acidosis. Respiratory acidosis is the buildup of by-products of carbon dioxide and a deficiency of oxygen. FULL STORY »

Keeping up with the grain cart

While corn growers employ technology including GPS-guided machinery, genetically modified hybrid seed and precision application of crop-protection products, veterinarian Jerry Stokka asks whether beef producers are keeping up FULL STORY »

Sending healthy calves to the feedyard

Last week during a program and banquet celebrating the 40th anniversary of Decatur County Feed Yard in Oberlin, Kan., consulting veterinarian Galen Weaver addressed a group of ranchers who retain ownership of their calves through the feedyard. He outlined multiple aspects of disease exposure and immunity affecting calves through the transition into the feedyard, including these take-home points. FULL STORY »

Causes and remedies for summer pneumonia in beef calves

K-State veterinarian Gregg Hanzlicek talks about the causes and remedies for summer pneumonia in beef calves out on pasture, and why it's such a complicated disease to manage. FULL STORY »

Understanding weak-calf syndrome

Weak-calf syndrome is a term applied to any calf born alive that's slow to stand and may or may not attempt to nurse. Extension ruminant veterinarian Michelle Arnold has details. FULL STORY »

Don’t let respiratory problems snowball

Pneumonia is the most important disease in calves older than 30 days and, according to the National Animal Health Monitoring System, results in an average loss of $15 per calf per year. The challenge in controlling this disease is to catch it early, as the growth rate of respiratory bacteria can double every 30 minutes. Tom Shelton, veterinarian and senior technical services specialist for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health shares best-management practices to effectively manage respiratory disease. FULL STORY »

A dairy producer’s view of respiratory disease

Bob Patrick, DVM, from Shamrock Animal Health Services Inc. in Georgia, says respiratory disease in dairy calves remains a large problem in the United States. FULL STORY »

Prevent and control losses due to respiratory disease

Heifer raisers can incur tremendous costs attempting to prevent and control losses attributed to respiratory disease. Costs can include vaccinations, daily monitoring of sick heifers, and veterinary treatment expenses. FULL STORY »

The Relationship of Bovine Respiratory Disease & Carcass Ultrasound Measures

Bovine respiratory disease has been identified as an economically relevant trait which lacks selection tools to reduce post-weaning incidence. The lack of sufficient field morbidity data has been a major obstruction to development of tools for genetic improvement. FULL STORY »

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