Hidden Costs Of Cattle Pneumonia

UK - The beef industry in the UK may be underestimating the true cost of calf pneumonia, according to Merial Animal Health.
calendar icon 28 May 2010
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The company’s veterinary adviser Fiona MacGillivray MRCVS says she fears that many farmers do not take into account the full range of costs involved, and that the disease could be costing the industry millions.

“Like so many diseases in cattle, pneumonia has an economic consequence because of the effect that it has on production,” says Ms MacGillivray.

“Estimates of the costs vary between £43 and £84 per affected calf1. Most people only take into account the cost of treatment, which is around 40 per cent of the overall cost. However, another 40 per cent is made up from the cost associated with lost production.”

“The cost of labour and mortality make up the rest of the costs associated with the disease. Dealing with pneumonia as quickly as possible, and ensuring that the treatment is fast-acting and effective, is even more important when you take these factors into account.”

Last year Merial Animal Health launched its antibiotic ZACTRAN® designed specifically for the treatment and prevention of pneumonia in cattle. The active ingredient in ZACTRAN®, gamithromycin, concentrates in the lungs to fight the infection. It is fast-acting, reaching maximum plasma levels after just 30 minutes. Just one injection offers long-lasting protection against pneumonia with up to 15 days activity and can be administered as a single, low volume subcutaneous injection in the neck.

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