Weanlings are, in general, running a little more expensive than last year – all the more reason to ensure that you buy healthy animals. Unfortunately, bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is still the number one killer of adult cattle in Ireland and one of the greatest sources of worry for farmers buying or preparing weanlings at this time of year. BRD in weanlings has many contributing issues, involving the animal, the environment and the various agents that cause lung infections (lungworm, viruses, bacteria and mycoplasmae).

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is still the number one killer of adult cattle in Ireland and one of the greatest sources of worry for farmers