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4 practices to reduce impact of BRD4 practices to reduce impact of BRD

Bovine respiratory disease continues to have economic impact for dairy producers.

January 26, 2017

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Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is a major cause of death in weaned calves and can lead to poor performance in cows. 

Dr. Mark van der List, professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), offers four suggestions for reducing the impact of BRD in your herd. 

  1. Reduce cow stress. BRD often presents itself in times of stress: weaning, feed variations, high humidity, calving and season changes. During these periods, it’s important to reduce stress factors and keep a close watch on your herd. Stress can also lead to immunosuppression — especially around calving. A focus on cow comfort and other management practices, including avoiding overcrowding, using low-stress handling techniques, and good calving management can help reduce stress and improve transition cow health.

  2. Ensure proper housing. One of the biggest risk factors for BRD is poor ventilation. Make sure cows are in an area where there is fresh air flow, with clean, dry bedding to improve cow comfort.

  3. Monitor herd closely. Recognize the signs of sickness, especially after calving. Fever, increased respiratory rate, discolored nasal discharge and coughing are all symptoms of BRD. Work with

  4. Implement a sound vaccination program. Vaccination against BRD is crucial to prevention. Take the time to vaccinate cows in the dry period to help boost not only the cow’s immunity, but also to boost immunoglobulins in colostrum and start the calf off on the right foot.

Source: Boehringer Ingelheim

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