The Bovine Respiratory Disease Symposium (BRDS) 2014, titled “New Approaches to Bovine Respiratory Disease Prevention, Management and Diagnosis,” will take place in Denver on July 30 and 31. The symposium will precede the 2014 Summer Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) meeting, which runs from July 31 to August 2.

Planning underway for BRD symposiumConference organizers note that while BRD is a leading cause of sickness and death for cattle and calves, new discoveries are providing improved opportunities for BRD prevention and control. The symposium will bring together scientists, educators, veterinarians in the field, producers, and policy makers to discuss how the latest BRD research findings and emerging management technologies can be translated into industry practice to improve the health of beef and dairy cattle.

Registration information will be available soon on the symposium website, at

Highlights of the preliminary agenda include:

  • The impact of BRD in feedlots - Mike Engler, Cactus Feedyards 
  • The impact of BRD in dairies - Walter Guterbock, Columbia River Dairy, LLC 
  • Summary of BRD data from the 2011 APHIS Feedlot and Dairy Heifer Studies Dave Dargatz, Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, USDA-APHIS   
  • The clinical syndrome of feedlot BRD: what it is, and what it isn’t - Mike Apley, Kansas State University 
  • Subclinical BRD in beef cattle - Dee Griffin, University of Nebraska   
  • Field results from Whisper stethoscope studies - Tom Noffsinger, Twin Forks Clinic, Nebraska 
  • Timely diagnosis of dairy calf BRD using a standardized scoring system - Sheila McGuirk, University of Wisconsin 
  • CA dairy calf study and validation of a dairy calf scoring system - Sharif Aly, University of California, Davis 
  • Genetics of BRD in cattle: Can breeding programs reduce the problem? - Donagh P. Berry, Teagasc, Ireland 
  • Results of the BRD CAP project: Progress towards identifying genetic markers associated with BRD susceptibility - Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis 
  • How stress alters immune responses during respiratory infections - Philip Griebel, University of Saskatchewan 
  • Evidence-based approach to improving immunity to manage cattle health - D.L. Step, Oklahoma State University 
  • Review of BRD pathogenesis: the old and the new (30 mins) - Derek Mosier, Kansas State University  Pathogen variation across time and space: sequencing to characterize Mannheimia haemolytica diversity - Mike Clawson, MARC 
  • Effect of stress on microbial growth - Mark Lyte, Texas Tech University 
  • Strengths and weaknesses of current approaches to diagnostic testing - Robert Sprowls, Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory 
  • Prospects for diagnosis by sequencing - Andy Benson, University of Nebraska 
  • Will antimicrobial resistance of BRD pathogens impact BRD management in the future? - Gordon Brumbaugh, University of Idaho 
  • Field epidemiology to manage BRD risk in beef cattle production systems - David Smith, Mississippi State University 
  • Control of BRD in large dairy calf populations - Terry Lehenbauer, University of California, Davis 
  • BRD Control: tying it all together to deliver value to the industry - Del Miles, Veterinary Research and
  • Limiting BRD through tailored management - Warren Weibert, Decatur County Feedyards 
  • Factors that influence producer decisions to implement management strategies - Tom Field, University of Nebraska, Lincoln