Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) can have a devastating impact on a herd of cattle. In a recent post, I shared a new way of determining if a vaccine preparation will be effective. Cattle ranchers and feed lot managers need to know if cattle on their land have BRD so they can make decisions about how to treat it and prevent its spread.
Currently, there are several methods for determining if cattle are showing signs of BRD. Researchers at the University of Missouri wanted to see if they could find an easy, user friendly way of determining if any animals in a herd have BRD. They looked at three acute phase proteins (APP) including haptoglobin (HPT), lipopolysaccharide binding protein (LBP) and transferrin (Tf). They found that HPT and LBP are, indeed, effective in determining if an animal has naturally occurring pneumonia in the feedlot setting.
This rapid diagnostic test that can be done easily in the field is of great benefit to cattle ranchers who want to keep their animals healthy and their operations economical.