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Protecting the Calf by Vaccinating the Cow

A calf cannot produce its own antibodies for one to two months, so the passive immunity  a calf receives from a cow’s colostrum is critical to its health and development according to Vigortone. In order to be effective, the colostrum must be consumed by the calf as soon as possible and definitely within the first 24 hours.

Colostrum can be frozen and used at a later date without a loss of quality. However, it is important to follow necessary guidelines, found on the Beef Site, when collecting and storing the colostrum.

Vaccinations boost the antibodies in the cow, which in turn will affect the calf when it consumes colostrum. As always, follow proper handling and storage techniques of vaccines to ensure effectiveness and safety according to MSU.

Get Ready to Protect Against Pink Eye

As the warm and wet summer weather heats up you will find that fly season is in full force. Face flies are a major cause of pink eye as they carry the main causal virus of the condition, Moraxella bovis. South Dakota State University says the spring season, before an outbreak, is the best time to be thinking about fly season and pink eye.

According to Merck Animal Health, a three-pronged education and prevention plan is most effective against flies and pink eye. The plan includes the education and monitoring of fly control, vaccination, and environmental management. Because pink eye is extremely contagious, initial prevention methods are particularly important in reducing your herd’s susceptibility.