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Protecting The Value Of Calves Before Weaning

According to data from the National Animal Health Monitoring System, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the second leading suspected cause of pre-weaning mortality for U.S. cattle. While the majority of early cases don’t result in the loss of the animal, it is still important to take precautions. At this critical stage, even a mild case of BRD does damage that will limit a calf’s lifetime potential. The earlier a calf gets sick, the more lung damage is likely to occur. Lung damage at weaning contributes to a decrease in weaning weight, which can have carry-over effects later in life....



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