Animal Health

The Kerr Center livestock program uses a whole-farm approach to herd health.

Difficulty in birthing causes many later problems

for both cow…

  • longer interval to next calf
  • reduced fertility

  …and calf alike:

  • reduced immunity
  • slower weight gain

Early intervention with difficult births is key.


Disease depends on both exposure and immunity.

To boost immunity:

  • reduce stress
  • supply adequate, quality forage
  • use vaccines properly
To reduce exposure:

  • keep it clean: facilities, water, animals, pastures
  • avoid crowding
  • prevent mingling with other farms’ animals


Detect problems early – monitor behavior and performance:

  • behavior on pasture: grazing? resting?
  • body condition scoring

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