As we approach the fall season, there are some timely topics to consider -
Late summer is still a time when pinkeye can show up in our cattle herds. While it is too late in the season to use commercial vaccines, the use of pinkeye nosodes is effective in the face of an outbreak. These are administered orally or in a water source. Let me know if you would like more information – I can send or email a copy of our nosode information sheets, or you can find this information on my website at www.doctomroskos.com
I have the best success with Dr. Paul’s Super Wound Spray administered directly in the eyes. Where permissible, the long-lasting tetracyclines like LA200 injected subcutaneously provide for a reduction in the number of bacteria present. Continue feeding kelp or Sea-90 ocean mineral to nutritionally support good eye health.
The weather in the norther half of the country shifts to hot days and cool nights. This contributes to an increased number of pneumonias in young stock, especially dairy calves. Providing good air quality is key. Keeping buildings open and good ventilation allow for the inside temperatures to change as fast as outside. There are no drafts if inside and outside temperatures are nearly the same.
Dr. Paul’s Aloe Pellets are an easy option for bolstering the immune system. With our animals, we start a 5-day feeing program upon first sign of cough, runny noses, or diminished appetite.
In preparation for the weather to come in November and December, one must maximize the immune function of our animals. The previously mentioned nosodes come in the 4-way and 10-way that would mimic the conventional vaccines.
My preference for a respiratory vaccine is Triangle 5 and Triangle 10 HB. Both are killed virus vaccines with the 10-way including 6 strains of Lepto vaccine. The Lepto is useful in preventing associated abortions. Ideally, 2 doses would be given 2 weeks apart as an initial immunization, with an annual booster.
Secure your supply early as there are still some product shortages. If you house cows in a stall barn, it is my experience that boostering in October or early November reduces the severity of winter dysentery. Health and vigor of newborn calves improves after cows have been boostered, especially for calves born in December.