Scours is one of the deadliest diseases for cow-calf producers to manage. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, scours and other digestive problems cause 17.2 percent of non-predatory calf loss in U.S. cattle operations. Calf scours is associated with several diseases and characterized by diarrhea, which prevents the absorption of fluids from the intestines. Death from scours usually results from dehydration, acidosis and loss of electrolytes.
Understanding the causes of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) can help producers protect their animals and prevent the disease, saving time, money and stress. BRD can be caused by bacteria that combine and move into the lungs, resulting in pneumonia. The three most common types of BRD-causing bacteria are Pasteurella multocida, Mannheimia haemolytica and Histophilus somni.
One of the biggest threats to animal health at a feedyard is Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). With the disease causing 75 percent of feedyard morbidity, it can seem rational to treat animals for the disease as soon as any respiratory symptoms are noticed.
U.S. cattlemen have long recognized the importance of the proper care and handling of their livestock. From cow/calf operations, to backgrounding/stocker programs, and finally to feedyards and packing plants, ensuring that animals are well cared for not only makes good business sense — it’s also the right thing to do.
Cattle producers have long known the importance of properly caring for their animals. At every stage of cattle development and processing – from the cow-calf operation to the feedyard – improving animal-handling practices will lead to more successful cattle operations.