“These results are documented and proven, which helps create demand from buyers for preconditioned calves, including calves that are in the SelectVAC program,” says Dale Grotelueschen, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Operations. “Cow/calf producers can help set their calves, and bottom line, up for success on sale day by working with their veterinarian to implement the SelectVAC calf preconditioning program this fall, and marketing the value of SelectVAC to buyers when selling their calves.”
SelectVAC has flexible health designations, allowing producers to choose the program that best fits their needs.
“The SelectVAC preconditioning program has been demonstrated over time to help calves withstand the stress of weaning and consequently thrive in the feedlot,” Grotelueschen says. “Healthy cattle have better average daily gains, have higher quality carcasses and can help producers reduce treatment costs, which helps the producer’s bottom line. But perhaps more important, healthy cattle meet the beef industry’s most important customer demand for a quality end product, which was raised under the highest animal husbandry standards.”
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2Seeger JT, Grotelueschen DM, Stokka GL, et al. Comparison of the feedlot health, nutritional performance, carcass characteristics, and economic value of unweaned beef calves with an unknown health history and of weaned beef calves receiving various herd-of-origin health protocols. Bov Pract 2008;42(1):1-13.