Evaluate biosecurity policies
Both Fisher and Underwood point out how important biosecurity is on calf operations. Employees and visitors can be unsuspecting sources of calf disease. Anyone who works directly with animals should use latex gloves; this can limit the transfer of harmful pathogens, according to both Fisher and Underwood. Shoes and clothes must also be clean and disinfected before and after people enter a calf facility to minimize the spread of bacteria.
Bacteria can lurk in the most unexpected places and can quickly be transferred from one animal to the next. Having sanitation protocols in place and holding employees accountable for their cleaning practices can help calf operations raise healthy calves that develop into cows with more profit potential.
Source: Purina Animal Nutrition LLC