TECH BULLETIN OF THE MONTH - OCTOBER
Pneumonia, also known as shipping fever or bovine respiratory disease (BRD), is the second most common cause of calf death. Calves have very small lungs compared to their body size so any pneumonia episode will cause a certain degree of permanent lung damage, making it difficult for the calf to thrive. Calves most commonly get pneumonia after a
period of stress (such as weaning, dehorning, castrating, or moving). When stressed, a calf’s immune response decreases, allowing viruses or bacteria to grow in the lungs and cause disease. Pneumonia is a very expensive disease due to decreased
weight gain and increased treatment costs. Preventing pneumonia is the best option for superior calves.
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