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Survey measures veterinary recommendations

Study in US and Canada asks vets about vaccine protocol, health and production practices for cow-calf operations.

Nearly 150 veterinarians from 35 states in the United States and three provinces in Canada have shared in a recent survey some of their most common recommendations to beef cow-calf operations.

A group of professionals from across the industry surveyed practicing veterinarians (n = 148) who service commercial beef cow-calf herds across the area described about their recommendations made to their clients in terms of vaccine protocol, health and production practices.

They found more than 50% of responding veterinarians devote over 50% of their practice to service commercial cow-calf producers. They found 33% of these veterinarians have been in practice for over 30 years. They also learn 39% percent of responding veterinarians serviced more than 10,000 cows.

Here are eight common findings from survey respondents.

  1. Genetic advice is provided by 54% of practicing veterinarians.
  2. When vaccinating at branding, the most common recommended vaccines are clostridial (96%), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR; 94%), bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV; 91%), parainfluenza-3 (PI-3; 90%), and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) Types 1 and 2 (78 and 77%, respectively).
  3. When vaccinating before weaning, the most common recommended vaccines are IBR (99%), BRSV (98%), BVD Types 1 and 2 (96%), PI-3 (93%), clostridial (77%), and Mannheimia haemolytica (77%).
  4. When vaccinating after weaning, the most common recommended vaccines are BVD Type 2 (97%), IBR (97%), BVD Type 1 (96%), BRSV (96%), and PI-3 (91%).
  5. More than 60% of responding veterinarians recommended that the last preventive vaccine should be administered to cattle 7 to 21 days before shipping.
  6. The largest number of respondents (38%) recommended that the earliest age their clients should wean their calves is 90 to 120 days.
  7. Castrating bull calves at an age of 0 to 7 days was recommended by 34% of respondents.
  8. Calf nutrition is considered extremely important during a preconditioning program by 82% of responding veterinarians.

Source: The Ohio State University

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