BRAZIL, Ribeirão Preto. The company brought together global thought leaders in beef cattle health and management to share the latest in research and innovation at its 2nd International Beef Symposium in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil from 31st March to 2nd April.
More than 220 participating cattle veterinarians and producers from 14 countries had access to the latest in research and knowledge, and engaged in discussions with global experts. The three-day symposium featured a curated program encompassing scientific presentations, expert panel discussions and a day on a beef cattle farm for hands-on demonstrations and application of science in practice.
Among the expert panel was Professor Brad White from Kansas State University, US, who discussed mitigating bovine respiratory disease in cow-calf herds. He believes that optimizing calf well-being and health in this first step of the beef value chain presents an opportunity to maximize their lifetime potential.
Another speaker, Professor Nick Jonsson from the University of Glasgow, UK, addressed the impact of cattle ticks and emphasized the importance of effective control through proper use of acaricides, monitoring and rotation programs.
Professor Welber Daniel Zanetti Lopes from Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil, highlighted the significance of coccidiosis in beef calves. He put forward that for endemic farms, the strategic treatment of coccidia in calves up to 15 days of age helps to mitigate the adverse effects of the disease.
The Beef Symposium was also an occasion to acknowledge and celebrate cattle professionals’ commitment and contribution to advancing animal well-being. Bayer Care4Cattle grant recipient from Brazil, Professor Mateus Paranhos da Costa, was present to share more on his work in improving weaning methods for optimal cattle well-being.
Bayer also introduced its Beef Master Club, an initiative designed to connect the global network of beef cattle professionals. Dr Almut Hoffmann, Head of Farm Animal Products Marketing at Bayer Animal Health, said: “Collaboration and exchange are essential for driving continous advancements in cattle well-being and health, as well as sustainable beef production. We are delighted to help further this through our new Beef Master Club initiative, which will offer cattle professionals access to tailored scientific education and expertise and facilitate greater exchange within the community.”