Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Karisch, Brandi B.

Committee Member

Blanton, John, Jr.

Committee Member

Smith, David R.

Committee Member

Woolums, Amelia

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Agriculture (Animal Science)

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences


The study objective was to evaluate the effects of vaccination (respiratory and clostridial vaccination or no vaccination) and deworming (fenbendazole and levamisole or no deworming) of high risk stocker calves on-arrival on health and growth performance. Eighty sale barn origin calves were purchased three separate years (n=240) from local order buyer. Steers (n=61) and bulls (n=179) were received over three days (d -3 to -1). On d 0 calves were stratified by arrival BW and FEC into 20 pens of 4 calves each, and treatment was applied to pens in 2 x 2 factorial. Vaccination increased the likelihood of BRD 1.7 times (P=0.07) versus calves not vaccinated. Vaccination did not affect gain, but calves receiving dewormer had greater ADG than those not receiving dewormer. Calves that arrived uncastrated or with high fever (≥40.0°C) gained less and were 1.7 and 4.3 times more likely (P<0.10) to be treated for disease, respectively.