Evaluating Health, Performance and Behavior in Beef Stocker Calves Administered Two Preventive Health Protocols
Keywords:health protocols, stocker calves, biologics, antimicrobials, parasiticides, minimally invasive protocol, invasive protocol, backgrounding
Preventive health protocols in beef stocker calves often contain a variety of component combinations including biologics, antimicrobials, and parasiticides. These protocols are employed to decrease detrimental health events, but calf performance and behavior may also be impacted by the effect of product administration methods. Our objective was to compare calf behavior, health, and performance between a minimally invasive protocol (MIN) and a more invasive protocol (MOR) during a backgrounding phase.