Monitoring of activity and feeding behaviour for early detection of respiratory disease in pre-weaned calves

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Calf health problems throughout early life are not only a major source of calf and financial losses, but also impact heavily on calf survival and subsequent lifetime performance. In some treatment scenarios, when a few animals have been diagnosed with disease, a blanket treatment of antimicrobials is administered (metaphylaxis). This includes treatments of calves which
have not contracted the disease, a practice that increases the probability of antibiotic resistance arising. Changes in feed intake and behaviour often precede clinical symptoms of disease; these can therefore be used as a means of identifying the early onset of disease. Early detection of disease can allow for targeted treatment of animals, therefore reducing the use of antimicrobials. The aim of this study was to develop and assess prediction models for the early detection of respiratory disease in pre-weaned dairy bred calves.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPrint publication - 9 Apr 2019
EventBSAS Annual Meeting - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Apr 201911 Apr 2019


ConferenceBSAS Annual Meeting
CountryUnited Kingdom


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