Choosing the Right Cattle Vaccine: Programs should be tailored to be herd-specific

Elanco Animal Health says there is no “cookie-cutter” approach when choosing the right vaccine for your cattle herd

Animal vaccines are not a one-size-fits-all, and experts at Elanco Animal Health want to help producers understand what factors to consider when developing a program.

“Well, those would really include looking at disease history in the herd. How do you manage these animals, the type of housing, and certainly working with your local herd health veterinarian is going to really facilitate that and get a good plan put together. The type of production system you have. If you’re calving, all year round, that would affect some things that you would do versus if you are calving in a specific season, like a 60-day calving season. Those are some things that we consider when we’re looking at what type of vaccine program we’re going to put together,” said Bret Terhaar.

Terhaar says programs should be tailored to the specific herd, and it is important to store vaccines properly by keeping them cool and out of the sunlight.

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