Calving season — a demanding time for producers — is an eventful period that may cause stress and several health concerns for the herd. For optimal herd health this spring, it’s essential for producers to follow a few steps — proper nutrition and vaccination; proactive newborn calf health; and pasture turnout health protocols.
Looking over your replacement heifers each spring makes you feel proud of the job you did selecting and growing them since weaning. You’ve got a lot of money tied up in your calves, so picking the right bull is critical. But what about risk management? Not the kind of risk management that requires a banker or a commodity broker, but the kind that reduces risk from reproductive disease losses.
Dr. Bill Burdett, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health, discusses how to maximize immune response from your cattle vaccination program.
As producers prepare for calving season, it’s important to review a list of key management principles. While even the best planned strategies can hit road bumps, thinking ahead and being prepared will help guarantee a successful calving season.
Being aware of the signs of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is imperative when managing a BRD breakout. Read more to learn several signs that could be indicators of illness.