Animal performance starts with the cow. Calves born to well-managed cows are primed for success; less healthy ones will never regain their lost potential – including resistance to bovine respiratory disease (BRD). To start calves out right, with proper immune stimulation, focus on following the four P’s: prepare, prevent, protect and preserve.
With all the decisions cattlemen make and the investment behind each animal, it’s amazing how often important health management choices come down to a knee-jerk reaction. Responsible producers already have a trove of health data on their herds, but treatment records are more than just an expense tracker and compliance necessity. With further examination, they can be a key tool to make better decisions.
The general premise of vaccination, that it presents an animal with an imprint of disease so the immune system can respond more quickly and effectively to the real thing, isn’t complex. However, with the rapid advances in vaccine technology, and broad choice of new and proven product offerings, selecting a vaccine, as well as injection timing appropriate for your operation, certainly can be.