He adds that with a killed vaccine, a booster will often need to be administered about three weeks after the first vaccination, so producers should plan for this extra time lag.
Producers can provide the best opportunity for a complete immune response by conferring with their veterinarian to develop a protocol that uses the appropriate vaccines for the disease risks on the operation. Dr. van der List also reminds producers to use vaccines according to label direction for greatest efficacy.
Calves, heifers and cows undergo very different challenges. The biggest challenges herds face includes birth, weaning and calving, says Dr. van der List. The frequent mixing and transporting that today’s herds face can also create a stressful environment for cows. He recommends that producers discuss potentially stressful situations with their herd veterinarian and herd management team and plan accordingly.
Dr. van der List says that vaccines are the least expensive and most effective form of animal health intervention producers can perform. He encourages producers to talk to their herd veterinarian about establishing good vaccine programs, because at the end of the day, vaccines could protect the whole herd from some pretty devastating diseases.
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