BOVINE RESPIRATORY DISEASE
Mortality and morbidity related to B-R-D are on the rise. That's the bad news. The good news? Prevention works: "Timing is critical. The Respiratory Disease process is very rapid. If the calf does not receive vaccinations until arrival, quite often time the pathogen has been incubating during that time and then when the stress of co-mingling, say 18 enter the market channels, transportation to a grow yard or a stocker operation. If we can go back a step and administer those critical vaccines at an earlier stage in that calf's life to ensure that they have been exposed to the vaccines to give them protection against those challenges, that is really the focus that the industry needs to adopt."
So get out your vaccinating syringes.Studies show that vaccinating calves as early as 2 months of age can be effective