A damp weekend brought the last beef stock in across the country. Mild weather since has led to a lot of pneumonia in sheds. Doors of cattle houses should be left open. If there is wind blowing on to the pen they’re in, but cattle can move to a point where there are no draughts as they please, then this is fine.

As farmers push to make good-quality silage, digestibility increases. The transition from grass to this type of material can be stressful for a young animal as their stomach adjusts. This can be one element of a perfect storm for respiratory disease.