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The calendar has rolled over to September and at times, the weather feels like fall.In the cattle industry, the fall means weaning, preconditioning, working cattle and moving to new pastures. Most weaning and preconditioning processes utilize some sort of vaccine. The purpose of vaccines is to help animal’s immune system develop the ability to fight disease.Vaccination is a commonly used practice; however, each operation has a different vaccination plan. Regardless of the intensity of a herd health plan, vaccines can be a costly addition to a cattle budget. The effectiveness of vaccines will vary depending on several factors, including product type, animal stress level, environmental conditions and handling. Due to the cost, it is important to handle the vaccines properly so they can effectively do their job once in the animal.
Vaccine handling and storage is very important. According to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), biological products (vaccines) should be stored at 35 degrees F to 46degrees F, unless the nature of the product makes storing at a different temperature advisable. This means that temperature should not vary, whether at chute side or under refrigeration. Vaccines also should be kept out of the sun. A …
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