The study objective was to evaluate the effects of vaccination (respiratory and clostridial vaccination or no vaccination) and deworming (fenbendazole and levamisole or no deworming) of high risk stocker calves on-arrival on health and growth performance. Eighty sale barn origin calves were purchased three separate years (n = 240) from local order buyer. Steers (n = 61) and bulls (n = 179) were received over three days (d –3 to –1). On d 0 calves were stratified by arrival BW and FEC into 20 pens of 4 calves each, and treatment was applied to pens in 2 x 2 factorial. Vaccination increased the likelihood of BRD 1.7 times (P = 0.07) versus calves not vaccinated. Vaccination did not affect gain, but calves receiving dewormer had greater ADG than those not receiving dewormer. Calves that arrived uncastrated or with high fever (≥ 40.0 °C) gained less and were 1.7 and 4.3 times more likely (P < 0.10) to be treated for disease, respectively.
|Advisor:||Karisch, Brandi B.|
|School:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Animal and Dairy Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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