Spring Vaccinations: Safeguarding calves for a healthy season

As spring sets in, Dr. D.L. Step, a professional services veterinarian at Boehringer-Ingelheim, urges producers to adopt a tailored preventive health program for calf vaccinations.

As the cold grip of winter releases its hold and the first signs of spring emerge, cattle producers gear up for a critical aspect of their operation: vaccinations. Among them, Dr. D.L. Step, a seasoned professional services veterinarian at Boehringer-Ingelheim, emphasizes the importance of an early and tailored preventive health program for calves.

In the heart of bustling ranches and sprawling pastures, the partnership between producers and veterinarians becomes paramount. Dr. Step underscores the significance of customization, stating, “They can work to customize a preventive health program that is customized to their specific operations.” This collaboration ensures that the chosen vaccines align with the management practices unique to each farm, setting the stage for robust immunity among young calves.

Central to this strategy is the selection of a five-way modified live viral vaccine, meticulously chosen in consultation with veterinarians. Dr. Step stresses the necessity of priming the immune systems of individual calves, thereby fortifying them against potential challenges later in the season. Such proactive measures not only safeguard the health of the herd but also uphold the welfare standards integral to responsible animal husbandry.

Moreover, Dr. Step advocates for meticulous attention to detail, urging producers to delve into the labels of the chosen vaccines. “Another thing that’s very important to do is read those labels,” he advises, highlighting the wealth of information they provide. From proper storage and mixing instructions to dosage and administration routes, these labels serve as invaluable guides in ensuring the efficacy of vaccination protocols.

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