As time more and more regulations are imposed on animal health products and how ranchers can use them, establishing an ongoing partnership with your veterinarian will become important, perhaps even critical. Think, for example, of the Veterinary Feed Directive, coming to a feed store near you at the end of 2016.
“Ranchers tend to be emergency-oriented, just paying the veterinarian to do something, and are hesitant to pay for advice,” says Dr. James England, University of Idaho Caine Center. “They may ask a question or discuss health issues while the veterinarian is on the ranch palpating cows. They may have a cow that needs an eye or teeth looked at while the vet is there, but they need to occasionally sit down and talk about preventative maintenance. Then they can discuss any problems, or the rancher can ask what to use in a vaccination program,” England tells Beef Producer.
England advises ranchers to meet with their veterinarian once or twice a year to go through any problems they've had that year. It's also a good time to discuss new vaccines and determine which might work for your situation.
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