This article is written by Sandy Stuttgen DVM, UW Extension Agent, and was recently published in the Wisconsin Agriculturist. Every autumn, cow/calf producers reach for magic vaccines which will prevent their calves from getting sick. Calves’ immune systems are capable of protecting against the majority of disease threats. Our husbandry practices, such as providing balanced […]Read More...
As we move into the fall months, a common practice on many herds is processing the beef herd, both the cows and the calves. Administering vaccinations are a common part of many fall programs. Dr. Sandy Stuttgen, DVM, UW Extension Agriculture Agent in Taylor County, has written two fact sheets that address vaccinations for the […]Read More...
For treating animals, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) guidelines for proper injections recommend the use of disposable equipment, including single-use needles, whenever possible. However, if you administer your injections with reusable syringes, this equipment should be heat-sterilized by boiling prior to use. If any disinfectants are used – including alcohol – they must be thoroughly rinsed […]Read More...
The failure of animal products and vaccines often are the result of human error and not the result of a defective product.
Have you ever done any of the following things?
Stored product in an old refrigerator out in the shed.
Buy the product at the store, throw the bag in the truck, make a few stops, and then put the product in the refrigerator when you get home.
Vaccinated cattle into the middle day where vaccine was exposed to sunlight and warm temperatures.
Bought too much product, only used half a bottle, and saved for next time.
Used expired product.
All of these practices could result in reducing the effectiveness of these products. Most farmers most likely could say yes to one of things. In order for the health products to be successful, proper handling and storage of these products is critical.