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Vaccinations and good management maximize effectiveness

Date: 
Fri, 02/12/2016

Understanding immunity promotes calf health.

By Patti Hurtgen, Hoard’s Dairyman Online Media Manager

Hoard's Dairyman webinarVaccinations are designed to stimulate the immune system. They aren’t cures, but tools to help the calf defend its body from viruses, bacteria and parasites. The ultimate goal is calf health.

At birth, calves are born without immunity and that’s why colostrum is so important. The valuable antibodies it supplies sets the stage for health and growth and, later, milk production. But colostrum alone is not enough.

Amelia Woolums, D.V.M., presented the February webinar titled, “Getting the most for your vaccination dollar.” It included an overview of how vaccines work and recommendations on how they should be used. Read more

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