The cost of on-arrival BRD treatment can really add up. Learn how in-feed chlortetracycline can help.

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) can be a challenge for all stocker operations as they try to raise healthy, productive calves. However, there is no one magic solution for minimizing BRD that works across all types of stocker operations.

For Texas stocker cattle producer Jerry Armstrong, he considers in-feed chlortetracycline an essential part of his arrival protocols at his operation near Dime Box, Texas. Under the advice of his veterinarian, he will use two five-day pulses of AUREOMYCIN® to treat bovine respiratory disease (BRD) before they’re allowed to commingle with the rest of the cattle. If needed due to ongoing respiratory challenges, he will do a third five-day pulse but that doesn’t happen often. 

A bounty of benefits

On-arrival treatment costs can start to add up, especially when moving a high volume of cattle through an operation. Armstrong estimates that his operation handles about 20,000 calves each year, so he needs a product that works for both his calves and his bottom line. He has seen a reduction of death loss due to BRD by including AUREOMYCIN in the ration. “We are averaging less death loss with the in-feed chlortetracycline, so it works for us,” said Armstrong.

A recent study evaluated the effect of feeding five-day pulse dose therapies of AUREOMYCIN for BRD treatment after arrival at the feedlot. Results demonstrated reduced morbidity compared with feeding a ration alone, decreasing the need for use of injectable antibiotics in BRD treatment.1 Not only does decreased injectable antibiotic use save producers money but it also supports the responsible use of antibiotics, particularly those considered more critically important by Center of Veterinary Medicine than chlortetracycline.

Armstrong found that using in-feed chlortetracycline pulses rather than an injectable product has allowed him to more effectively treat BRD in his backgrounding operation, while saving money and reducing the stress placed on newly arrived calves. Pulsing chlortetracycline through feed rather than using an injectable antibiotic also saves his employees time, making labor costs another potential source of savings. 

Why he keeps coming back

While its proven results initially led Armstrong to use in-feed chlortetracycline as needed in newly arrived calves, it’s the dedication to customer support from Zoetis that has truly turned him into a lifelong customer. “It’s not like they’re just coming out to sell me something,” Armstrong said. “They’re coming out to help me make my operation more profitable in whatever it needs.” 

At the end of the day, he feels like the support he receives from Zoetis helps him add value to his operation beyond BRD treatment.

To work toward reducing BRD morbidity on your operation without breaking your budget, work with your herd veterinarian to establish an effective on-arrival program, and visit to discover more about using AUREOMYCIN on your stocker or backgrounding operation.

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Do not use AUREOMYCIN in calves to be processed for veal.

Caution: Federal law restricts medicated feed containing this veterinary feed directive (VFD) drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.


 1 Data on file, Study Report No. 17CRGMFA-01-01, Zoetis Inc.

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