Study could improve cattle health in the mountains
For much of this summer, Rick Landeis' office is located in the Bighorn Mountains, where he sleeps in a simple cabin and works alone on horseback, surrounded by cattle.
An animal science instructor at Sheridan College and veteran rancher, Landeis is in the second year of a research project examining bovine respiratory disease in calves moved up on the mountain to graze.
The goal is to learn why some cattle contract the disease, while others develop antibodies even though they haven't been vaccinated.
"If the cow herd is managed properly, then perhaps the necessity of vaccinating calves before weaning might be questionable," Landeis said.
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