How to Reduce Animal Disease Incidents in a Cattle Ranch

One challenge that ranch managers have to grapple with on a day to day basis is that of ensuring that the animals they look after don’t fall ill. Animal diseases can greatly reduce the profitability of a ranching business. In the worst case scenarios, ranchers have been known to be driven out of business (and sometimes into outright bankruptcy) by animal diseases. Thus, when we talk about reducing animal disease incidents in a cattle ranch, it is actually a very serious discussion.

Now one very effective strategy for reducing animal disease incidents in a cattle ranch is that of maintaining very high standards of hygiene. This is not just a question of seeing to it that the animals’ living quarters are clean (important as that may be). It is also a question of seeing to it that the animals are fed on clean feeds,  that the animals drink clean water, that the people who handle the animals are clean… and so on. Remember, it takes only a small lapse in hygiene for a devastating disease vector to be introduced into a ranch.

Another highly efficient strategy for reducing animal disease incidents in a cattle ranch is that of vaccination. Most of the drugs used in cattle vaccination don’t cost much. A typical vaccine dose is likely to cost less than a rice cooker. Yet through the use of the vaccine, you can greatly reduce the odds of your cattle going down with some nasty disease. This is why ranchers are often advised to do everything in their power to ensure that their animals get all the necessary vaccines: because in the final analysis, disease prevention (through vaccination) is likely to be much cheaper than disease treatment.

And yet another effective strategy for reducing animal disease incidents in a cattle ranch is that of minimizing contact between the ranch’s animals and those from outside. It is important to remember that most animal diseases are spread through animal-to-animal contact. Therefore, by reducing the contact between the cattle in your ranch and those from outside, you greatly reduce the odds of your animals falling ill.