The cost and effort involved in ridding a veal herd of Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) are well worth the investment according to the animal disease model that puts real costs on the financial impact the disease can have. In cattle, the organism causes respiratory disease, arthritis and otitis media (middle ear infection). Mycoplasma bovis may cause primary pneumonia but is usually part of a Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex outbreak seen after a stress.
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Producers must input a series of data in the spreadsheet, such as feed costs, average daily gain, mortality rates in order for the model to generate results.
Funding was provided in part through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of several Growing Forward programs in Ontario..