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With calf weaning fast approaching, now is the time to review how a proper vaccination program can add value to your livestock operation. A recent Beef Magazine web article interviews an industry veterinarian who lays out how to get the most bang for your buck from your vaccination program. These five tips are summarized below:   Assess and evaluate vaccine needs. Working with your veterinarian, conduct a vaccine program assessment no matter whether you have vaccinated your herd for years or are considering adding a vaccination protocol for the first time. Minimize stress before, during, and after vaccination. If possible, give...

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The Beef Cattle Institute (BCI) at Kansas State University is another great resource for cattle producers. Its mission is to discover and deliver actionable information and tools to promote successful beef production. In its latest BCI Cattle Chat podcast, the K-State team discusses its ‘Top 6 Preventative Health Tips’ for calves prior to weaning: #1: Kill parasites; #2: Prepare calves for their new environment with water and a feed bunk; #3: Manage their nutritional needs; #4: Minimize stressors; #5: Stimulate immunity through vaccination to match the disease challenges those calves are going to face; #6: Create a comprehensive plan for...

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In the August 2020 issue of Progressive Cattle, University of Idaho Extension Educator Scott Jensen dives into ‘Cool considerations for vaccine storage’. The big takeaway is to make sure your biologic livestock vaccines stay in the 35-45 degrees Fahrenheit range from the time you buy them from your local retailer until the vaccine is administered: Bring a cooler along for the trip home from the retail store; Refrigerate vaccines immediately when you get home; Keep a thermometer in your refrigerator and monitor temperature on a regular basis; When ready to use your vaccines, keep them at the right temperature inside...

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The daily radio program ‘Agriculture Today with Eric Atkinson,’ courtesy of Kansas State University, is a fantastic resource for ag and livestock producers. If it isn’t broadcast in your area, you can either subscribe to the podcast or visit their website to access the library. The August 17, 2020 show has an informative ten minute discussion on ‘Pre-Conditioning for Calves’ with K-State Research & Extension beef veterinarian A.J. Tarpoff . Dr. Tarpoff defines ‘preconditioning’ as the general process of getting your calves ready to be marketed in the Fall. An essential part of preconditioning is the underlying health of the...

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Hello! Our goal with this blog is to share some of the best educational resources for herd health that we have run across from veterinarians, ag extensions, universities, and livestock organizations. As the CattleVacBox was designed to protect your vaccines, the emphasis will be on topics related to the safe handling and storage of your livestock meds. However, we plan to also link to articles relevant to the overall management of your livestock. We want to help you make every shot count. Please consult your veterinarian for specific questions or concerns specific to your area. Thank you and enjoy. Subscribe...

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