VETERINARY HEALTHCARE RECOMMENDED FOR ANGUS HERDS
We think early about the actions in spring on a farm and remind farmers of the sanitary veterinary measures necessary to be taken in order to have healthy herds. The spring season brings purchases of cattle and new calvings happen on Angus cattle farms. Both moments require the preparation of animals regarding health, so that the risks are minimised.
Recommended actions for calves:
– the second day after calving – ear tags ringing and castration
– at 14 days of life, the first vaccine in the series is given for immunisation purposes
– at 4 weeks after vaccination a booster follows
– at least 30 days later, the second vaccine
– the same vaccine will be repeated every 6 months and the booster at 21-30 days after administration
– once these mandatory steps have been completed, the last vaccine in the series will be repeated once a year
Recommended actions for heifers and pregnant cows:
– approximately 30 days before calving, it is recommended to use the active immunisation vaccine to produce antibodies against E. coli, rota virus and corona virus.
Prophylactic actions for adult cattle:
– a live vaccine containing 4 valences that act on Bovine Infectious Rhinotracheitis (IBR), viral diarrhoea (BVD), viral para influenza (PI3), and respiratory cirrhosis virus (BRSV)
Constant protection measure for cattle:
– after the vaccination, the disinfection of adult cattle must be carried out each spring and autumn.
Once these activities are carried out, mobilisation of the herds is an opportunity for farmers to re-evaluate and reorganise the herd, depending on the destination of the cattle (for breeding or for finishing).
The best and most effective way to maintain healthy cattle and constant quality of the products obtained is to ensure the permanent health of the animals through all necessary procedures, taken on time. This minimises the risks that can occur on the farm and maximises its value.