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Livestock Vaccinations

Livestock vaccinations vary by species of animal. Immunity is critical to your livestock’s well-being, and regular inoculations ensure his immune system works properly. In many cases, vaccinations are needed at a young age followed by booster shots at regular intervals. The vaccinations you need may also depend to some extent on how many animals you have and your geographic region of the country. If you have only two cows, you may not need the same vaccinations as someone with a 100-head herd, for example. Most show rules require that animals being shown have proof of certain vaccinations. Your veterinarian can give you specific information regarding the recommended vaccinations and schedule for your animal and your region.

Some common vaccinations given to cattle include oral rotavirus and coronavirus vaccine, which are given in a combined form to either newborn calves, before they have nursed, or to dames prior to birthing. Infectious bovine rhino-tracheitis (IBR), bovine virus diarrhea (BVD), bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), and parainfluenza-3 (PI-3) are often given to young calves at a few months of age. In herds that have a serious known or suspected pinkeye problem, a vaccination is available. Leptospirosis is a common vaccination given to adult cows annually. Due to the vast number of vaccinations available and ranges of appropriate uses, always consult your veterinarian regarding an appropriate vaccination schedule for your cattle.