Developing Herd Health Education for and Assessing Risky Practices of Cow-Calf Producers
Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is an often unrecognized problem in cow-calf herds. We describe a program we used to help producers identify and avoid practices that could increase their herds' risk for BRD. The greatest knowledge gains occurred for the topics of costs associated with BRD, BRD risks at the feedlot, and biosecurity measures. Through producer self-assessments, we found that the number of risky practices conducted by producers ranged from none to 22 per operation, averaging 10 per operation. Extension professionals should consider combining producer self-assessment with education on management as an effective strategy for informing producers of risks in their operations.
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Allen, A. J., Llewellyn, D. A., Kerr, S. R., Hudson, T. D., Neibergs, J. S., Smith, S. M., & Moore, D. A. (2019). Developing Herd Health Education for and Assessing Risky Practices of Cow-Calf Producers. The Journal of Extension, 57(5), Article 16. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol57/iss5/16