A comparison of feed intake and growth performance observed in cattle treated for bovine respiratory disease.
It is well documented in the beef industry that bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is the most costly disease. It is a common health challenge among receiving cattle in the United States. Calves affected by BRD have lower finishing weights and also grade lower than healthy animals.
The objective of this experiment was to study feed intake (hereafter referred to as dry matter intake or DMI) of calves prior to and following occurrence of BRD, and to then compare the performance of two different BRD therapy products utilized to treat those calves. Dry matter intake, growth and clinical observations were used as indicators of antibiotic performance. The antibiotic treatments used were Baytril 100 and Resflor Gold® (florfenicol and flunixin meglumine).