Pneumonia in the young beef calf can have a long term impact on overall lifetime productivity. Anything that hinders nutrition and health in the young calf can have long term detrimental effects which contribute to a loss in production and farm profitability.
According to the 2014 All Island Disease Surveillance report 47% of all respiratory disease diagnoses in Irish Veterianry labs were in calves less than 10 weeks of age, which indicates that these young calves are the animals that are most susceptible to pneumonia.
Pneumonia in beef animals can result in:
- An average cost of €931 per case at time of disease when considering treatment costs, time, labour etc.
- 72g reduction in daily live weight gain for moderate cases of pneumonia2 = This is equivalent to a 22kg loss over 10 months
- 202g reduction in daily live weight gain for severe cases of pneumonia2 = This is equivalent to a 61kg loss over 10 months