Application of vaccination protocols to manage beef cattle productivity and mitigate production risk

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Title: Application of vaccination protocols to manage beef cattle productivity and mitigate production risk
Author: Horne, Willy J.
Abstract: The U .S . beef industry is very large with many inter -connected facets . Nutrition and health are key components of a system striving to compete economically while striving to produce a high quality product . The decisions made in one part of the system may often determine outcomes in the other parts of the system . Therefore , it is necessary to look at the beef industry in a systems type of framework . Each management decision is likely tied to a result that may alter several other management questions . At the cow /calf level , producers must decide whether or not to vaccinate their calves . Vaccination leads to reduced disease incidence and severity in the feedyard , thus being beneficial to the feeder . However , if the feedlot does not respond economically in any way , producers may feel that it is not warranted to vaccinated calves . Pre -conditioning programs work in the same manner as they may have beneficial effects for the feeder but not for the harvester . Therefore , pre -conditioning may not be a program that is valued back to the farm level . Answers to these kinds of questions are hard to ascertain . Each segment has its own demands and drivers , which determine how much it can reward to other segments for their efforts . Because the market is continuously changing , the target rewards are changing as well . Therefore targets cannot be theorized , rather exact relationships should be shown . In this dissertation , it is intended to characterize the relationships vaccination protocols and other management strategies can have on various aspects of cattle performance in various industry segments .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -05 -561
Date: 2010-01-16

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Application of vaccination protocols to manage beef cattle productivity and mitigate production risk. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2009 -05 -561 .

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