When it comes to managing the health of livestock, many producers can feel like they are juggling fire while riding a unicycle on a tightrope 30 stories off the ground. It isn’t always easy. That is why companies like Boehringer Ingelheim are there to help you navigate through these situations and help remind you of the tools that are at your disposal.
When it comes to checking cattle for bovine respiratory disease (BRD), it can be one of the biggest challenges a beef producer can have. Dr. Curt Vlietstra of Boehringer Ingelheim says basic diagnostics are often overlooked but should be at the heart of your disease prevention plan.
So, you may be wondering how diagnostic testing is done. Dr. Vlietstra explains how the veterinarian does it.
Of course, the quality of the samples will determine how accurate the test is. The better the sampling rate, the more accurate the results can be. If you give a small or slanted sample group, there is no guarantee of the results.
Dr. Vlietstra says you should work with your local vet to develop a plan.
Contact your herd veterinarian to learn more about what you can do to stay on top of BRD.