The Friend that Just Will
Not Go Away: PNEUMONIA
This time of year we see:
- Wide swings in temperature from one day to the next
- Low temperatures that challenge calves - especially those less than 4 weeks old
- Too often not enough energy being fed to meet both the environmentally-determined maintenance needs and to allow calves to grow at least 1 pound a day.
- Irregular feeding of water or even no water fed at all to preweaned calves.
- Calf barns being closed up to "keep the calves from being cold"
Veterinarian Fred Gingrich of Country Roads Veterinary Services in Ashland Ohio say that to reduce treatment rates for pneumonia a calf enterprise needs to check its performance on:
- Colostrum management