Cattle Health: Shipping effects on respiratory disease risk

Associations between distance traveled from sale barns to feedlots and overall performance, risk of respiratory disease and cumulative mortality in feeder cattle during 1997 to 2009. FULL STORY »

Preventing BRDC

Decreasing bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) in feedlot cattle can decrease mortality and morbidity as well as reduce treatment and subclinical costs of the disease. Cattle free from respiratory disease have improved performance including better average daily and gain and feed conversion. Chris Chase, DVM, PhD, South Dakota State University, says management factors that go along with preventing BRDC include eliminating stress factors where possible. Recognize the “critical period” for disease detection – the three weeks that follow weaning, placing on feed and shipping of cattle. FULL STORY »

Stress and BRDC

Bovine respiratory disease complex (BRDC) is the most significantly infectious disease in cattle, and is exacerbated by stress. FULL STORY »

Value of data analysis when receiving stockers

During the course of conducting grazing research at the Noble Foundation, we routinely receive and “straighten out” stocker cattle. 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 »

On-arrival animal health considerations for feedyard operators

One of the most important challenges facing feedlot operators, and the consulting veterinarians who service them, is the development of on-arrival strategies to maximize health in the most economic fashion. FULL STORY »

Crossbreeding reduced incidence of respiratory disease

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the most costly beef cattle disease in the U.S. Scientists at the U.S. FULL STORY »

Effect of BRD on carcass traits

Research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in clay Center, NE evaluated the effects of incidence of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and overall incidence of pathogenic diseases (IPD) on carcass traits of two independent populations of cattle. FULL STORY »

Researchers uncover genetic link to cattle diseases

The origin of three costly cattle diseases is genetically linked, according to findings from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers. FULL STORY »

BRD "shipping fever" in cattle

BRD, also called “shipping fever”, causes major economic losses to the producer, 7% of production costs, by reducing average daily gain, feed efficiency, and overall performance of beef calves. FULL STORY »

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