Plan for Fall Cow Herd Checkups

October 21, 2010 - While producers are weaning calves this fall, giving the cows a little attention, too, will provide long-term benefits.
“For cow/calf operations, what is done in the fall can carry over to help make a successful spring,” says Glenn Rogers, DVM, Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Operations. “Making sure cows have the right vaccination boosters and are dewormed can help prevent losses and help protect the next generation of calves.”
Dr. Rogers recommends boostering the leptospirosis component of a cow’s vaccination protocol during fall processing even if vaccination was administered in the spring, especially if the operation is in an area with a high lepto prevalence. 
For general reproductive disease protection, in herds that have vaccinated with Bovi-Shield GOLD® vaccines within the past twelve months, fall is a great time to administer vaccines. This can help protect cattle against critical reproductive diseases like infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD).
Producers also should consider deworming cows in the fall because larvae tend to build up on summer pastures and reducing the parasite burden can help keep cows in optimal body condition prior to winter.  
For all ages of cattle, applying a dewormer that controls lice can help get the parasites in check before heading into the winter months. For example, DECTOMAX® (doramectin) Pour-On is safe for any age or class of beef cattle and can control both biting and sucking lice or VALBAZEN® (albendazole) Suspension, which controls four major groups of parasitic worms plus liver flukes.
“When planning your fall herd health program, it’s important it fit the program with the specific herd health needs of the farm or ranch,” Dr. Rogers says. “It’s always best to talk to your local veterinarian when planning your fall herd health program.”
LABEL INDICATIONS: The Bovi-Shield GOLD line and PregGuard® GOLD FP® 10 are recommended for vaccination of healthy cows and heifers approximately one month prior to breeding. These products also can be administered for pregnant cattle provided they were vaccinated, according to label directions, with any Bovi-Shield GOLD FP or PregGuard GOLD FP vaccine prior to breeding initially and within 12 months thereafter. Failure to follow label directions may result in abortions. The Bovi-Shield GOLD line may be administered to calves nursing pregnant cows, provided their dams were vaccinated within the last 12 months as described above. Consistent with good vaccination practices, heifers should receive at least two vaccine doses, with the second administered approximately 30 days prebreeding. 
Important Safety Information: DECTOMAX Pour-On has a 45-day pre-slaughter withdrawal period. Do not use in dairy cows 20 months of age or older. DECTOMAX has been developed specifically for cattle and swine. Use in dogs may result in fatalities.
Important Safety Information: Cattle must not be slaughtered within 27 days after the last treatment with Valbazen. Not for use in lactating dairy cattle. Do not administer to female cattle during the first 45 days of pregnancy or for 45 days after removal of bulls.
For more information, contact: 
Michelle Tollefson
Pfizer Animal Health

Jennifer Ryan
Bader Rutter



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