What vaccination program should I use on my calves?
This is a common question many ranchers ask. And it’s not surprising as there are so many products to choose from - it can be overwhelming.
Always my first question back to the Rancher when he or she asks is: Do you have a Veterinarian that you work with? If not you need to get one and meet at least once a year to establish a herd health program for your ranch. Let the Vet see your livestock and learn what your goals are for your livestock. Are you cow/calf and raising calves to sell, to retain ownership or ? Are you a seedstock operation and raising bulls and females to sell for breeding. Do your cattle run on a western public lands or a midwest pasture. We are all in the cattle business – doing the same thing – producing beef – but we all do it different. Utilizing the resources and genetics we have in our cattle.
When it comes to vaccine programs for feeder calves – how are you marketing you cattle? Is it private treaty, are you retaining ownership throughout the feeding program, or are you taking them to the local auction, to a video auction. Are you trying to do a value added program – such as NHTC, Natural, Age and Source, etc. I often refer people to look up the Vaccine programs on Superior Video Auction – these have become an industry standard for various pre-conditioning programs. Other auction or marketing companies, such as Round Up also mention vaccine programs.
What are your goals for your livestock, how will you market them – then you can build the best vaccine program to best fit your needs.