53 - Combatting Respiratory Diseases in Dairy Cattle: A New Approach by Dr. Jodi McGill

Sep 11, 2023

Respiratory diseases in dairy cattle are pivotal, affecting animal welfare and farm economics. Ailments like Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) and bacterial pneumonia are particularly concerning during calf growth and weaning, impacting long-term productivity. Thus, effective management is vital. In this episode, Dr. Jodi McGill, an expert in dairy cattle immunity, especially in respiratory diseases, discusses the role of immunity in calf health and strategies for preventing respiratory diseases. Dr. McGill emphasizes the significance of stress during weaning, the effectiveness of intranasal vaccines, and the potential of nutritional interventions.


What you’ll learn: 

  • Discussion on bovine respiratory disease
  • The role of the adaptive immune system
  • Discussion on weaning strategies
  • Vaccination strategies for respiratory disease
  • The effects of postbiotic products on respiratory disease

Meet the guest: 

Dr. Jodi McGill



  • Current: Associate Professor at the Iowa State University
  • Past: Postdoctoral Associate at the National Animal Disease Center


  • Ph.D., Immunology (University of Iowa)
  • M.Sc., Pathology (University of Iowa)
  • B.Sc., Microbiology (Iowa State University)

Weekly indication: 

  • Veterinary Immunology –  by Ian Tizard
  • Wellbeing at Work Hardcover – by Jim Clifton 


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