Pneumonia in calves is estimated to cost dairy and beef farmers about £80m a year, and where it takes hold on a farm, it can cost more than £40 for each reared calf.
In addition, bovine respiratory disease can also impair future milk yields from affected heifers. It is a real challenge given the damp climate in the UK, which is ideal for respiratory diseases, particularly when animals are housed in winter.
To help farmers this coming winter, Farmers Weekly is conducting a survey, in association with Zoetis, to gain a comprehensive insight into the true cost of this of this disease and farmers’ understanding of the causes.
And, hopefully, we will find some pointers on how to avoid the problem this autumn and share these with you in early September.
You can even win £1,000 by completing the short questionnaire, which is quick and easy to do.