Beef Herd Health Recommendations by Guest Blogger Beth Johnson, DVM.

The following recommendations are for a typical Spring or Fall Calving Beef herd in Kentucky. As with all recommendations, these are general recommendations and you should contact your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns that develop within your heard throughout the year!

SPRING CALVING HERD

Cows usually calve between February and April. Prior to breeding which usually occurs from May 1st to June 30th, cows and replacement heifers are vaccinated with a modified live vaccine that protects against IBR, PI-3, BVD (use one that guarantees protection against PI-BVD calves), BRSV, Campylobacteriosis and Leptospirosis. Usually vaccinate 30 days prior to breeding.

May:

  • Deworm everyone
  • Pinkeye vaccinate everyone (An autogenous pinkeye vaccine is recommended for best protection in your area)
  • Perform PI-BVD testing of all calves (this can be done at any time after birth)
  • Vaccinate and castrate young calves
    • 7-way Clostridial/Histophilus somnus
    • Inforce – 3 intranasal vaccine

September – October: One month prior to weaning, give calves:

  • 7-Way Clostridial/Histophilus somnus, Inforce – 3 intranasal

September – November: Deworm any cattle that you will be keeping through the winter (this can be done in August instead of now but they need to be done sometime in the fall). Monitor cattle for lice throughout the winter months. If lice is present utilize a pour on effective against lice.

  • Vaccinate and Wean Calves
    • 7-Way Clostridial Vaccine
    • Modified Live Vaccine (IBR, PI-3, BVD, BRSV, Pasteurella)
  • Pregnancy Check Cows: Vaccinate cows and bulls:
    • 7-Way Clostridial
    • IBR, PI-3, BVD, Leptospirosis (killed vaccine)
Recommendations for a healthy beef cattle herd.
Dr. Beth Johnson working cattle in Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment’s Series 6 Chute.

FALL CALVING HERD

Cows usually calve between August-October. Prior to breeding which usually occurs in December 1st to January 31st, cows and replacement heifers are vaccinated with a modified live vaccine that protects against IBR, PI-3, BVD (use one that guarantees protection against PI-BVD calves), BRSV, Campylobacteriosis and Leptospirosis. Usually vaccinate 30 days prior to breeding.

November: Deworm all cattle with a product labeled for internal and external parasites.

  • Perform PI-BVD testing of all calves (this can be done at any time after birth)
  • Vaccinate and castrate young calves
    • 7-Way Clostridial/Histophilus somnus
    • Inforce – 3 intranasal vaccine

April-May: One month prior to weaning, give calves:

  • 7-way Clostridial/Histophilus somnus, inforce – 3 intranasal

May: Deworm cows/calves

  • Pinkeye vaccinate everyone (An autogenous pinkeye vaccine is recommended for best protection in your area)
  • Vaccinate & Wean Calves:
    • 7-Way Clostrial Vaccine
    • Modified Live Vaccine (IBR, PI-3, BVD, BRSV, Pasteurella)
  • Pregnancy Check Cows: Vaccinate cows and bulls:
    • 7-Way Clostridial
    • IBR, PI-3, BVD, Leptospirosis (Killed vaccine)

Beth Johnson, DVM, is a Field Veterinarian for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. We thank her for taking the time out of her busy day to be a guest blogger for us.

For more information on Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment’s complete line of Cattle Handling Equipment, please visit: http://www.tarterusa.com

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