Cattle diseases are a concern for nearly every beef and dairy producer.
Cattle diseases like pneumonia, scours and blackleg can destroy profits
practically overnight. Prevention of cattle diseases through vaccination
and other management practices can help maximize herd performance.
Here are some of the most common cattle diseases:
- Clostridial diseases caused by bacteria
are blackleg, red water, enterotoxemia and tetanus. Sudden
death is often the first and only sign of these cattle diseases.
- Reproductive diseases in cattle
include leptospirosis, vibriosis, IBR and BVD Type 1 and
2. Symptoms of these cattle diseases are embryonic death
and and poor conception rate.
- Respiratory diseases or BRD are
the costliest of all cattle diseases, resulting in poor gains
and a weakened immune system. Coughing, nasal discharge,
fever and difficulty breathing are among the symptoms of
these cattle diseases.
- Lameness due to cattle diseases
like footrot or digital dermatitis (heel warts) can reduce
milk production, rate-of-gain and reproductive performance.
- Scours or diarrhea is a common cattle
disease that often affects baby calves. Animals that survive
this cattle disease often remain weak and perform poorly
throughout their lives.
One of the ways to prevent cattle diseases is with timely vaccination
programs that incorporate potent, broad-spectrum vaccines.
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