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Dairy calf respiratory disease comes with cold temperatures

There are physiologic reasons why cold weather increases risk of respiratory disease like pneumonia and results in more sick dairy calves.

Cold weather is not just hard on the people taking care of animals; it can be tough on the animals themselves, said Russ Daly, South Dakota State University extension veterinarian and South Dakota state public health veterinarian.

"It's not just our imagination that cold temperatures often bring with them an increase in sick calves; there are physiologic reasons why cold weather increases the risk of respiratory disease such as pneumonia in dairy calves," Daly said.

He explain

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