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Vaccination is an integral part of good farm management helping optimise youngstock performance and ultimately lifetime productivity.
Pneumonia can affect more calves than you initially think. That’s because some calves can be affected subclinically meaning they don’t show obvious signs of the disease but underlying damage to the respiratory tract can impact growth rates.
One study1 involving nearly 500 calves showed that when pneumonia affects a group of calves a proportion will be affected clinically, and a proportion will be affected subclinically. In this study the subclinically affected calves didn’t show obvious clinical signs of pneumonia, but at slaughter their lungs were damaged and their growth rates reduced compared to calves with healthy lungs.
For every 2 calves recorded with clinical pneumonia a further 2 had suffered subclinical disease, with only 1 calf remaining truly healthy. Lung damage was found in both the clinically and subclinically affected calves, and growth rates were reduced in both.
As such, the losses from pneumonia are often higher than is realised and the impact of disease on profits underestimated.
Dairy Calves - Protecting the respiratory health of dairy calves can lead to an improvement in lifetime productivity which could save you up to £921. To find out more about the potential productivity gains from improving dairy calf respiratory health download our leaflet.
Beef Calves - Protecting the respiratory health of dairy-bred reared beef calves, and beef suckler calves can lead to an improvement in lifetime productivity which could save you up to £276. To find out more about the potential productivity gains from improving calf respiratory health download our leaflet.
Beef Farmer Case Study
"Calves with good respiratory health take fewer days to reach target weight, make more profit and create higher morale for the farmer and their team"
Dairy Farmer Case Study
"With clear goals and effective systems, farmers can achieve a two year age at first calving resulting in productive and profitable adult performance"
The Right Vaccination Programme
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1 WITTUM T.E., et al., (1996) JAVMA Vol 29, No. 4, 814-818.
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