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BRD prevention in dairy calves starts with dry cow management

Proper dry cow management practices are paramount for calf health, growth and early immunity.

Managing bovine respiratory disease (BRD) can sometimes feel like a game of whack-a-mole for dairy producers. Many stressors can pop up with little to no advanced warning early in a calf’s life, putting them at greater risk for developing BRD.

When we see an uptick in BRD cases, our reflex is to take a magnifying glass to the calf, but we often forget about the bigger picture and the role the cow plays in a calf’s future health and performance, especially in the dry period.

David L. Prentice

October 4, 2023


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