How Forces of a Complex Adaptive System Affect Ability to Control Bovine Respiratory Disease in Feeder Cattle

John T. Groves, Timothy J. Goldsmith, Jaden M. Carlson

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Abstract

This chapter provides an introductory look into the practical application of the principals of systems thinking as a methodology to gain deeper understanding of the nature of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in current North American beef production models. The "limits to success" archetype is used to explore the dynamic relationship between technological BRD mitigation improvements and the resultant adaptive changes made by the system. The chapter concludes, by using the tragedy of the common archetype, with an investigation into how the common shared resource of antimicrobials can be damaged and depleted over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-316
Number of pages22
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
J.T. Groves has received honoraria to provide education on the topic of Systems Thinking to veterinarians. The other authors have nothing to disclose.

Keywords

  • Antimicrobials
  • Bovine respiratory disease
  • Cattle
  • Management
  • Systems thinking
  • Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex/prevention & control
  • Animals
  • Respiratory System
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases/veterinary

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Review
  • Journal Article

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