When Calves Don’t Ship on Time, it’s Costly
BRD Management Solutions can help improve cattle health and the bottom line
What’s a surefire way to help keep stocker calves on feed and shipping to feedlots on time? For a stocker operator from Verden, Oklahoma, it’s about controlling bovine respiratory disease (BRD) as soon as the cattle arrive.
“When you have a calf that’s sick, it takes at least 30 days for that calf to get well and catch up with its penmates,” said Bryan Linn. “When you figure all the lost weight from sick calves, it more than pays for using an antimicrobial on-arrival.”
The Linns help protect their animals with BRD Management Solutions from Zoetis, featuring products with broad-spectrum protection, low-dose volumes and demonstrated, long-lasting protection. Linn has seen big changes since incorporating DRAXXIN® (tulathromycin) Injectable Solution and EXCEDE® (ceftiofur crystalline free acid) Sterile Suspension.
“I don’t really have a sick pen anymore,” Linn said. “We believe the calves are better off out in their natural environment in the open pasture. By using DRAXXIN and EXCEDE, we’re able to keep cattle comfortable and pretty much leave them alone. On top of that, we know our calves will ship on time so we’re not wasting days and money trying to get them caught up.”
Carrie Linn, who manages the operation’s records, continues to see improvements in pull rates and death loss even though cattle numbers are increasing. “Our death loss is down to just 2%, which is a huge improvement for us since starting DRAXXIN,” Carrie Linn said.
As a result, the Linns are able to focus on marketing cattle and making their business profitable.
Hear more from Bryan and Carrie Linn about their experience using BRD Management Solutions from Zoetis to successfully manage high-risk cattle.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR DRAXXIN: DRAXXIN has a pre-slaughter withdrawal time of 18 days. Do not use in dairy cattle 20 months of age or older. Do not use in animals known to be hypersensitive to the product. See full Prescribing Information at www.draxxin.com/PI.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR EXCEDE: People with known hypersensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporins should avoid exposure to EXCEDE. EXCEDE is contraindicated in animals with known allergy to ceftiofur or to the ß-lactam group (penicillins and cephalosporins) of antimicrobials. Inadvertent intra-arterial injection is possible and fatal. Do not use in calves to be processed for veal. Pre-slaughter withdrawal time is 13 days following the last dose. See full Prescribing Information at www.excede.com/PI.
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