10 diagnostics for stocker programsJessica Laurin, DVM, Animal Health Center of Marion Co. Inc., Marion, Kan., has many stocker/backgrounder clients in her area on the edge of the Kansas Flint Hills. Laurin is a fan of preventive and diagnostic medicine to head off problems.

“Stocker/backgrounders in my area will purchase calves between 350–650 lbs. to sell between 800–950 pounds, depending upon the market,” she says. “Each year brings a new set of expectations and challenges.” Because of that, Laurin uses a variety of diagnostic tools and approaches for working with stocker/backgrounder clients.

Listed here are 10 diagnostic tools that Laurin uses to keep her stocker operations healthy. Click here for full descriptions of how she uses these diagnostic tools.

  • BVD ear-notching
  • Necropsy collection
  • Histopathology
  • Bacteriology C&S
  • Respiratory PCR panel
  • Virus isolation (VI)
  • Mycoplasma culture
  • Anaplasmosis testing
  • Virus titers
  • Respiratory fluorescent antibody testing