Pneumonia costs the UK dairy industry an estimated £60 million a year, with each case said to cost on average £43 for a dairy heifer and £82 for a beef animal. This cost comes not only from the veterinary time and medicine outlay, with 26% due to decreased growth rates and 11% on extra labour.
Pneumonia is a multi-factorial disease meaning that many aspects can influence it. The key areas are the calf itself, the environment in which it is housed and what bugs are present (and in what numbers).
Read the full newsletter here for November 2015 and do call us to discuss any housing advice for your calves