MERIAL® SUREHEALTH® gives you the resources you need to raise healthier cattle for healthier margins.

For calves

Calves are especially vulnerable during their first year. Health concerns include scours, respiratory problems, parasites and clostridial disease. What you do at weaning makes a difference all the way to processing. Getting calves through weaning healthy and unstressed increases their value at sale time.

Calving (if able to handle each calf at birth)

  • Dip navels with strong iodine
  • Give vitamins A, D, E and selenium injections (as recommended by your veterinarian)
  • ID tag
  • Dehorn (as recommended by your veterinarian)
  • Castrate bull calves
  • Make sure calves are able to nurse

Turnout

  • Treat for internal and external parasites with a broad-spectrum endectocide
  • Vaccinate: IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV
  • Vaccinate: Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida bacterin-toxoid, 7-way clostridial
  • Castrate and dehorn, if not done at birth
  • Implant steer calves and heifers not meant for replacing

Pre-Weaning

In addition to steps at turnout

  • Creep feed (expose calves to feed with coccidiostat in creep feeders) until weaning

Weaning

In addition to steps at turnout

  • Weaned for at least 45 days before selling
  • Begin feeding with coccidiostat from feedbunk
  • Begin watering from tank

For cows

You've invested in their genetics, protect that investment with management practices that promote a healthy environment for reproduction, milk production and rearing.

  • Treat for internal and external parasites with a broad-spectrum endectocide to help ensure weight maintenance through weaning and at time of breeding back
  • Work with your veterinarian to create a vaccination program
  • Ensure plenty of high-quality pasture/roughage and clean water
  • Give supplements as recommended by your veterinarian
  • Monitor cattle for overall health
  • When possible, keep areas where cattle congregate free of mud

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