Cattle Producers and Buyers Continue to Succeed With SelectVAC®
New data shows calves enrolled in SelectVAC earn more at sale time than similarly preconditioned calves not enrolled in SelectVAC.1
FLORHAM PARK, N.J., July 6, 2016 — According to new data from the Western Video Market (WVM), cattle producers and buyers continue to succeed with SelectVAC®, a preconditioning program from Zoetis. The program represents a win-win, helping to generate greater value and operational sustainability. Over the last two years, calves enrolled in WeanVAC™ through the SelectVAC® program brought up to $72 more per head than similarly preconditioned cattle not enrolled in SelectVAC.1 Additionally, calves enrolled in SelectVAC have demonstrated better performance than other preconditioning programs in a commercial feedlot study and were more than four times less likely to get sick or die than calves with an unverified health history.2
“Having been raised on a cow/calf farm, I know just how hard cattle producers work to raise healthy cattle,” said Nathan Voris, DVM, MBA, senior marketing manager, cattle vaccines at Zoetis. “SelectVAC helps ranchers better represent their cattle on sale day so they can capture the full value of their hard work.”
SelectVAC is backed by the industry’s two most trusted respiratory vaccines, BOVI-SHIELD GOLD® and INFORCE™ 3.3 In addition, enrollments in SelectVAC are vetted and verified by an independent third party. With a detailed barn card listing vaccination and herd management records, SelectVAC offers buyers assurance they are purchasing reputable, well-immunized calves and provides producers an effective tool to assist with cattle marketing and earning the recognition they deserve.
Improved Online Tools Available With SelectVAC
To better assist veterinarians, SelectVAC specialists and producers, the newly redesigned website for SelectVAC is now live. With enhanced convenience and an easy-to-navigate enrollment dashboard, users now can easily enroll cattle into the SelectVAC program within minutes. Users can enter cattle immunization records, management information, breeding and genetic data, marketing location, intended sale date and more, and also check on current enrollment status, refer to archived records and download a digital copy of the barn card.
“The new website and enrollment dashboard eliminates excessive administrative time and effort to better support producers and veterinarians operating on busy schedules,” Dr. Voris said. “Cattle producers vaccinate their calves to help keep them healthy and growing to their potential on the farm. The Western Video Market data shows there is additional value in enrolling calves in SelectVAC. As the two-year study revealed, buyer respect and premium wasn’t paid for calves listed in other preconditioning programs — it was reserved for calves specifically enrolled in SelectVAC.”
To learn more about the SelectVAC program, please visit SelectVAC.com. For more information, you may also contact your animal health adviser or Zoetis representative.
Zoetis (zô-EH-tis) is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 60 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and markets veterinary vaccines and medicines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2015, the company generated annual revenue of $4.8 billion with approximately 9,000 employees. For more information, visit www.zoetisUS.com.
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1 Data on file, The effects of special management programs and preconditioning programs on the sale price of beef calves marketed through Western Video Market January 2014-December 2015. Final Report 2016, Zoetis Inc.
2 Seeger JT, Grotelueschen DM, Stokka GL, Sides GE. Comparison of feedlot health, nutritional performance, carcass characteristics and economic value of unweaned beef calves with an unknown health history and of weaned beef calves receiving various herd-of-origin health protocols. Bov Pract. 2008;42(1):27-39.
3 Data on file, Animalytix® data, 2015 cattle respiratory vaccine sales, Zoetis Inc.
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