Stocker cattle health night set at Osage City

Frontier Extension District will host a meeting on “Stocker Cattle Health,” 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 20, 2018, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City.

A free brisket sandwich meal will be provided to those in attendance that have called in to RSVP. Contact the Frontier Extension office at 785-828-4438 to reserve a meal.

Topics to be covered include: “Economics of Parasite Control in Stocker Calves,” “Using Modified Live or Killed Vaccines, What to Do?” “Vaccine Handling, it May be More Important than You Thought,” and “ Wormers for Stocker Cattle.”

Dr. A.J. Tarpoff DVM, KSU Extension beef cattle veterinarian; Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek DVM, Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; and Jaymelynn Farney, KSU Extension beef systems specialist will help producers get a better understanding of these stocker health issues.

Immunization is probably the most important part of having a healthy beef cattle herd. However it is important to use vaccines as they are intended and when they should be given. Calves should get their first round of shots at branding time or at 2-3 months of age. Another round of shots should also be given 3-4 weeks prior to weaning.

Remember a calf’s health is additive, as you use a vaccination protocol you are improving the calf’s health and adding value. Vaccines are not a magic potent in a bottle – handle cattle in a low stress method, handle the vaccines correctly, and reduce stressors like weaning, transportation, commingling, and weather changes near vaccination time to increase success.

For more information about the meeting, call Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent, at 785-828-4438.

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