Management planning important for new calves

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Mark Spire shared management tactics to consider when treating shipped-in calves and trends affecting management procedures.

Beef veterinarian Mark Spire discussed calf management practices on Agriculture Today, following his presentation at Kansas State’s Beef Stocker Field Day last week. Spire focused on the five areas impacting cattle health management: weather, bugs, parasites, vaccines and managing cattle from shipping through the first few weeks on the new operation.

Spire focused on vaccines and parasite control, admitting pathogens are getting harder to control and procedures must be in place to allow calves time to build up its immune system. The originating location of the calves should also be considered as an animal from different weather conditions can affect the animal’s reaction in its new location.

Spire reviewed key points from his presentation, encouraging proper use of injectables to maximize cattle performance and give calves the ability to fight off diseases. He recommends up-front treatments and a second treatment about six weeks later on stocker cattle.

Recapping his presentation during the Beef Stocker Field Day, Spire said antibiotic products can create areas of inflammation in calves so selecting products wisely is important while also making the minimal number of treatments. Spire advises producers to avoid overuse and only use products that have been handled properly and are within the shelf-life date.

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