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Farm animal practice
Cattle health schemes
  1. Jonathan Statham

2. Multifactorial or management diseases

Abstract

Multifactorial or management diseases such as mastitis, lameness, infertility, calf pneumonia and calf diarrhoea represent significant costs for both the dairy and beef industries. A number of cattle health schemes, comprising a variety of tools and services, have thus evolved to help control these conditions. This article describes how these programmes might be used to provide proactive veterinary herd health. Cattle health schemes aimed at single-agent infectious disease control were discussed in an article published in the May issue of In Practice (volume 33, pp 210–217).

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