Stocker cattle health night rescheduled at Osage City

Postponed from Feb. 20 due to icy weather

Frontier Extension District will host a meeting on “Stocker Cattle Health,” 6-8:30 p.m. March 15, 2018, at the Osage City Community Building, 517 S. First St., Osage City. Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will provide a free brisket sandwich meal for those in attendance that have called to RSVP. Contact the Frontier Extension office at 785-828-4438 to reserve a meal by March 13.

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,” said Rod Schaub, Frontier Extension District agent. “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, contact Schaub at 785-828-4438.

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