Chute Side Vaccine Management Tips

“Shoot, I messed up the vaccines.” If these words have ever been uttered while processing cows and calves, it may be time for implementation of some simple chute side organization tips. A good vaccination program is only as good as the techniques used in each step of administration. 70% of beef operations administer vaccines to […]


Vaccination Alone Does Not Make Everything Better.

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 […]


New Fact Sheets Provide Herd Vaccination Program Considerations

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 […]


BQA Tip: How to Clean Syringes

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 […]


Are your vaccines and health products working?

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.