The impact of future technological advancements on current bovine respiratory disease management practices
New technologies have aided the animal-based food and fiber industries to efficiently produce safe and valuable products for the human population. We strongly support appropriate use of currently available technologies designed to prevent, control, and treat BRD (e.g. vaccines, antimicrobials) as well as the ongoing implementation of management practices designed to reduce BRD risk (e.g. preconditioning strategies). However, we look forward to the application of new developments that optimize BRD prediction and diagnostic accuracy. These new tools may provide opportunities to maximize the efficacy of current prevention, control, and treatment modalities while also fostering in new opportunities to leverage non-antimicrobial options. The overall objectives being to maximize the producer’s bottom line and the animal’s wellbeing while satisfying consumer demand.