Preventing Future Outbreaks of Pneumonia
Management changes can help to reduce the susceptibility of pneumonia. These can be summarised as VIP treatment, Ventilation & Vaccination.
VIP treatment- Pay attention to stocking densities, bedding conditions, sufficient trough space & water access. Minimise stress at housing.
Ventilation- The warm air rising from the cattle should exit the building through the roof and be replaced with fresh cool air from the sides. (Use a smoke bomb to test the stack effect)
Vaccination- There are a wide range of vaccines available from a single-shot, intra-nasal IBR vaccine that can be used in the event of an out-break to a two-shot vaccine covering RSV, PI3, IBR & BVD. Have your vet plan a vaccination plan which suits your farming system.