Controlling bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in calves Controlling bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in calves

Supporting respiratory health

Rigorous control of respiratory conditions, such as bovine respiratory disease (BRD), gives young calves a healthy start and supports them to reach their full potential. Respiratory problems are multi-factorial conditions that can affect animals at every stage of life but are specially challenging for young calves. Help them flourish with a plan for excellent nutrition boosted by continual immune system support.

How to recognise

Symptoms of respiratory conditions in calves include coughing, reduced appetite and thirst, nasal discharge, lethargy, fever and difficulty breathing. Temperature variations, inadequate ventilation, transport or crowded groups of animals may trigger or worsen respiratory symptoms.

The impact on the farmer

Respiratory conditions can negatively affect the growth, development and lifetime performance of calves, causing major losses in calf rearing operations or, in worst case scenarios, death. To avoid the stress and economic loss associated with caring for sick animals, we recommend timely implementation of effective management and palliative practices for controlling respiratory problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I improve immunity in my calves?

You can support the immune function of your calves by reducing their stress as much as possible and through sound nutritional management. Choose a step-down weaning strategy, avoid sudden changes in diets and ensure they have ample space for feeding.

How can I provide the right housing conditions to reduce the presence of respiratory health issues?

Control variations in climate and ventilation of your housing as much as possible. Reducing respiratory conditions means creating a clean and dry environment with plenty of bedding material, ensuring proper ventilation with up to six air changes per hour, and paying special attention to avoiding overcrowding and grouping animals of different ages together.