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Bovine respiratory health

Managing respiratory health in young beef calves can be a challenge. Maintaining good respiratory health is of the utmost importance to ensure that a calf develops and grows to its best potential.

Managing respiratory health requires a systematic approach

Look into management practices from the moment of arrival of the beef calves up to the end of the production cycle. Manage all aspects of herd health.

  • Climate


    Managing the climate correctly is a key to success:

    - Maintain a clean and dry environment
    - Avoid variations in temperature and humidity as much as possible.
    - If big differences between the temperature at day time and at night are expected, shave the calves properly. This reduces the amount of sweating and avoids the calves being wet at the moment the temperature starts going down.
    - Ventilation should be at a level of 6 air changes per hour and air should appear fresh, free of ammonia and free of other smells.
    - Calves should have sufficient space, with an airspace allowance of at least 10 cubical meters of air for a calf of 90 kg.

  • Housing


    Correct housing can improve respiratory health:

    - Separate calves from the dam within 24 hours after birth and house them separately from the cows.
    - In case of group housing, avoid a difference in age of more than 8 weeks within a group.
    - Avoid over-crowding.

  • Avoid stressful situations

    Avoid stressful situations

    Stressful situations result in lower immunity. Avoid stress situations as much as possible:

    - Consider a step down weaning program and avoid sudden changes in the ration as much as possible.
    - Ensure each animal has sufficient space at the feeding fence.
    - Avoid carrying out stressful procedures simultaneously so, for example, do not dehorn calves at the same time they are being weaned.


  • Vaccination


    Consult your vet to ensure calves are properly vaccinated.

How to provide this additional support?

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Facilitate easy breathing

Farm-O-San Pulmosure LD is a complementary feed for calves, containing an essential oil that supports breathing and learing of the airways. Pulmosure LD also contains a natural form of vitamin E and organically bound selenium in order to support the immune function.

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