This week, we’ll continue with our online reader polls on beef industry technology. The question is: “What is the biggest animal health innovation?” Be sure to leave your comments after voting.
I can still smell the screwworm wound. Horseback every day, calves tied to trees. Oh, what fun!
Why isn't creation of brucellosis free states a choice?
The creation of value by BQA can not be under stated.
Screw worms took time to treat and lowered the value of victim of animals. A scratch from barb wire or brush could provide a site for infestation. New born naval cords were another spot. Freshly branded and ear marked cattle had to be treated or monitored. Farther north this might not have been as much of a problem but it was number one for us. Most of the other health problems were minimized in an isolated herd but not blowflies. I have benefited greatly from the developments listed - my dad would be amazed the consistency in herd quality and sale prices that we are seeing.
The emphasis on BQA has driven many of the other innovations. Increased focus on overall animal welfare has led to development of eradication measures for many existing persistent health problems and additionally increased production through increased animal comfort and well-being.
some may not know how bad the screwworm problem was. If they did it might be ranked No.1
Perhaps you will get a few more votes for the screwworm eradication program but I think the the eradication of the fever tick B. annulatus (and then the demise of the fever) probably should have been on the list. Lots of cattle had bad tick infestations and would then get screw worms. I would have ranked it first. Also not on your list is the Brucellosis Eradication program, it would have been my third choice. It is hard to believe that the industry could band together to get these three scourges eradicated!
low stress handling is a must in my idea. The long lasting antibiotics we have today less pulls less restressing quicker acting along with probotics enzymes are a must in a weaning or s back grounding program. think back a few years on how limited the choices were and the expected death rate.
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