While vaccines play a critical role in boosting immunity, they are only one-third of the formula for building herd immunity against insults.

Vaccinations must work with biosecurity, monitoring

The use of vaccines can help, but disease can break through when there’s stress to animals

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Stress and the immune system are not friends. That’s why an understanding of major swine stress factors is key during the vaccination process, said Alejandro Ramirez from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Ramirez, along with Chris Chase, professor of veterinary medicine at South Dakota State University, spoke about […] Read more

Subcutaneous injections in the neck have become the norm but care must be taken to administer the vaccine in the right spot.

What producers need to know at vaccination time

Injections should be at least six inches apart and syringes should be marked so same vaccine is always in same syringe

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Spring turnout is the typical time for cattle farmers to vaccinate calves, and Dr. Roy Lewis offered a few reminders about that process during a recent webinar organized by Verified Beef Production Plus. Subcutaneous injections in the neck have become the norm and generally two injections are provided to calves in spring: […] Read more

Calves that receive adequate colostrum within the first two hours of life are given the best start.

Success with beef starts at the calf level

A veterinarian says farmers cut back on animal health as a cost saving

Reading Time: 5 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Calf health is the No. 1 priority for success on a beef operation. The top third of producers invest the most in genetics, nutrition and animal health. They do not cut back on feed because they do not want calves to lose weight, said veterinarian Joe Gillespie of Boehringer Ingelheim. Why it […] Read more

Colombia cleared of foot-and-mouth

Country now aims to double meat exports

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bogota | Reuters — Colombia will look to double its meat exports now it has regained its status as a country free of foot-and-mouth disease, President Ivan Duque said on Thursday. Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious viral disease found in animals and is one of the most serious to affect livestock, including cattle, sheep and […] Read more

Bovine respiratory disease scoring system for pre-weaned dairy calves.

Respiratory diseases in young livestock have lasting effects

Prevention starts with living environment and vaccinations

Reading Time: 3 minutes Respiratory diseases are most common in calves during the post-wean period and they can have long-term effects. Why it matters: Respiratory diseases are extremely common on dairy farms, although they are simple to prevent. They can have lasting effects on cattle up to their first lactation. Dr. Dave Renaud presented ways to prevent respiratory diseases […] Read more


Infectious bronchitis means less egg laying capacity in hens.

Vaccine shows promise against widespread chicken disease

Science notes: Recombinant virus vaccines use weak versions of viruses or bacteria

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new vaccine strategy could offer protection to millions of chickens threatened by a serious respiratory disease, research shows. Respiratory diseases such as infectious bronchitis virus cause major economic losses to the poultry industry worldwide. Infected chickens experience weight loss, decreased egg production and impaired egg quality. They are also left vulnerable to other diseases. […] Read more

Rabies vaccinations and livestock fairs to be simplified

Reading Time: < 1 minute The provincial government has proposed simplifying the rule that resulted in many 4-H animals having to be vaccinated for rabies before they were taken to local fairs. The regulations implemented by the previous Liberal government required that animals that came in contact with the public had to be vaccinated. The regulation said that as long […] Read more

OIE declares Brazil free of foot-and-mouth, with vaccination

Reading Time: 2 minutes Paris | Reuters — The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) declared Brazil free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) with vaccination on Thursday, opening new export prospects for the world’s largest beef exporter. The OIE already considered most of Brazil to be free of FMD with vaccination. The declaration, which the government had been expecting since […] Read more


Brazil expects to be declared free of foot-and-mouth with vaccination

Reading Time: < 1 minute Brazil | Reuters – Brazil expects the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to declare the country free from foot-and-mouth disease with vaccinations at a meeting in May, according to a government statement on Friday. The declaration will bolster the country’s prospects to export meat to new markets, the statement said. The OIE already considers […] Read more