What is Bovine Respiratory Disease?
Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) occurs when the immune system in the respiratory tract becomes compromised by a combination of viral and bacterial pathogens. This can be compounded by environmental and management factors. The resulting bronchopneumonia can lead to nasal and ocular discharge, depression, anorexia, fever, and coughs.
BRD can occur at any stage during the animals’ lifecycle all the way from the calf-house to the finishing pen, but the two most common illnesses in calves are enzootic pneumonia in dairy calves and shipping fever in beef calves which can both occur both pre- and post-weaning. Both these can lead to significant mortality and financial loss to farmers.
Stress factors also play a major part such as during transportation and co-mingling of calves from different sources and the stress caused can have a significant impact. This happens each year as beef calves are weaned and are sold on through cattle marts to the beef finisher. Key aspects of good management which can help reduce respiratory disease outbreaks in cattle are adequate colostrum feeding to new-born calves, appropriate housing, adequate ventilation, minimised temperature fluctuations, biosecurity and good nutrition.
How can RESPIREX help?
Being a natural product RESPIREX gives specific support to the immune system to help the animal respond to the various respiratory challenges which they may encounter. RESPIREX can be used both preventatively before respiratory problems occur and after the symptoms have arisen such as when there is coughing, nasal discharges and wheezing. RESPIREX is also suitable for use with all ages of animals from young calves all the way to the beef finishing animals.
The Cost of Bovine Respiratory Disease
High levels of respiratory disease on cattle farms can lead to:
- High mortality rates
- Reduced growth rate
- Significant reduction in business profitability
Benefits of RESPIREX
- Natural product with no withdrawal period
- Supports the condition of the airways
- Aids recovery and appetite
Respirex Case Study
Natural Farm Health has had many positive reports following the use of RESPIREX on the farm and it was our top “word-of-mouth” sold product during 2019, The video below was sent to us by a new customer after having used everything else (with no positive outcome) on his 600kg finishing heifer. The Co Armagh famer tried RESPIREX and was so astonished by its result, he sent us his video of before and after its use. Watch for yourself to see the change that occurred in breathing and nasal discharge after using RESPIREX for just three days.