9. Treatment Protocols
"We should also develop treatment protocols for other common feedlot problems such as foot rot, acidosis, bloat, and neurological diseases. It is important to frequently evaluate these treatment protocols to see if they have been successful. Our goal for first-line therapy is to achieve an 80% success rate. The end goal is to achieve a good response in treating diseases while at the same time using antibiotics prudently."
"Having said all that, treating disease is expensive. Once clinical signs appear, you have already lost lots of the animal's productivity. Also, treatment is not 100% effective. Cattle affected by BRD will never be quite as productive as cattle that were never affected. So the best way to handle BRD is to prevent it!!!"
“What are the most important ways to prevent BRD so I won’t have so many sick cattle to treat?”
"You can start by thinking about the factors that may contribute to BRD. Contributing factors include heat, cold, dust, dampness, dehydration, hunger, anxiety, nutritional deficiencies, transportation and commingling of cattle from different sources. Some of these contributory factors can be eliminated with some farm management changees that involve relatively small financial investments. Some people spend a fortune to have the diagnostic laboratory identify all the infectious agents, but many of these agents are present even in herds with low rates of BRD. Most of the infectious agents are opportunists, meaning that they cause disease only if given an opportunity, such as when cattle are stressed in some way. Focusing on the reduction of stressors can be a very cost-effective approach."