The stresses at weaning can leave a calf susceptible to respiratory disease, but there are a couple of things you can do to help minimize the number of stressors and thus help reduce the risk for bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
Calves need to be transitioned gradually to a new feeding program and group housing so they maintain dry matter intake to keep growing and ward off disease challenges. Help manage transition challenges through weaning by:
Post-weaning housing and socialization challenges can open the door to respiratory problems. In addition to health management protocols, develop and assess pneumonia vaccination and control programs with your herd veterinarian based on the age of the animal, environment and best management practices. Keep in mind that:
With the right management plan and solutions in place, weaning doesn't have to be stressful for dairy calves or you.