Cattle have plenty of chances — and time — to come in contact with pathogens that can lead to the development of BRD throughout the production chain, including from branding to weaning, or even during an extended feeding period.
In a cluttered marketplace with wide-ranging options, selecting the right vaccines can seem difficult.
But for one Alabama-based veterinarian who also co-owns a sale barn, it starts with one question: “Does it work?”
“The first thing I ask myself when evaluating a respiratory vaccine is, ‘Is this going to be efficacious?’” says Hal Noble, DVM, Tri-County Veterinary Service and Frisco City Livestock Market, LLC, Peterman, Ala.
“We want to make sure the vaccine has been thoroughly researched and tested and that’s my job as a vet. As a vet and a stockyard owner, I’m trying to get as much for these cattle as possible, so I want what we use to work, be effective and help keep the cattle healthy.”
For Dr. Noble, using vaccines he trusts and knows will work is crucial. He says helping keep cattle healthy begins with intranasal vaccines that can help provide a quick immune response or injectable vaccines that come with sufficient duration of immunity claims.
Victor Cortese, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ABVP, director, Veterinary Specialties Group, Pfizer Animal Health, says these types of vaccines can offer the best of both worlds for producers.
“No matter the operation, a quick immune response can be extremely beneficial when trying to help protect cattle from respiratory disease,” Dr. Cortese says.
“An intranasal vaccine, like INFORCE 3 from Pfizer Animal Health, not only helps protect cattle against infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus, bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) and parainfluenza type 3 (PI3) virus, it also can help create an immune response where viruses attack first, helping to stimulate mucosal immunity and helping trigger a quick immune response.”
Additionally, using an injectable vaccine like Bovi-Shield GOLD 5 helps protect cattle against IBR and bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus Types 1 and 2 respiratory disease for 279 days, as well as BRSV and PI3.
“While intranasal vaccines may help provide that quick immune response, producers can use injectable vaccines, like Bovi-Shield GOLD 5, to help stimulate the immune system and provide the duration of immunity to help protect cattle through each phase of the management period,” Dr. Cortese says.
Cattle have plenty of chances — and time — to come in contact with pathogens that can lead to the development of BRD throughout the production chain, including from branding to weaning, or even during an extended feeding period, Dr. Cortese says.
Dr. Noble has seen this firsthand.
“Especially when we’re shipping from southwest Alabama in August — when it’s 90 degrees — there’s a lot of stress on the cattle when it comes to respiratory disease, so it’s important to get them as healthy as possible,” Dr. Noble says. “We want those antibody titers high before they’re stressed and that’s why I use Bovi-Shield GOLD 5. For me, it has always worked, and it has a great reputation on the other end when the buyers receive their cattle.”
In the end, Dr. Noble says vaccinating cattle against pathogens that lead to BRD often does more than just help keep cattle healthy, it adds value.
“When we’re selling our livestock, they need to be healthy, and the guy on the other end needs to know that the cattle he’s buying have been vaccinated and cared for,” Dr. Noble says. “Vaccinating really does add value to a particular lot of cattle. We see less BRD in those calves and that means fewer cattle to treat for the buyer. He knows those cattle are going to come to him, ready to work.”
For additional information, visit www.PfizerAnimalHealth.com.