Respiratory disease challenges need just as much attention in your prefresh groups as they do in the calf barns. With suppressed immune systems, springing heifers and cows can easily fall victim to bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) challenges. This is especially true during the five weeks prior to freshening. As dry matter intake drops and the cow is exposed to other stressors associated with the impending delivery of the calf, her ability to effectively manage bacterial or viral disease challenge is diminished.
Think beyond common fresh cow diseases and follow these management tips to help protect springing heifers and cows against respiratory diseases.
Maintaining health and wellness around the time of calving will prepare heifers and cows for a successful lactation and help set up your operation for success. Properly preparing her immune system from respiratory diseases caused by IBR and PI3 viruses provides for better health and, ultimately, may translate to increased milk production. This could mean lower treatment and labor costs and, in turn, may positively impact the financial bottom line for the dairy.
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* Study was not reviewed or approved by USDA.
1 Data on file, Study Report No. 10PETINF01, Zoetis Inc.