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Re: Bacterins for cattle

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:00 pm
by RanchMan90
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:All my heifers & bulls are BVD-PI tested. It's easy & cheap. I have been doing it for many years. There aren't very many females in my herd that have not been tested other than a few really old cows.
Viruses for humans & people cannot be treated, that is why vaccination is crucial.

How do you test Jeanne?

Re: Bacterins for cattle

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:23 pm
by Jeanne - Simme Valley
I have an ear notcher. Just put in a vial & write ID info on it. Give them all to my vet to send off for testing.
You can also draw blood, but ear notches are easiest.
Edit - plus, you can always tell which ones were tested by seeing the earnotch :)

Re: Bacterins for cattle

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:46 pm
by wbvs58
I can't think of any situation where an antiviral would be needed in cattle. Most viral diseases are short duration and the animal ends up with good immunity. By the time a diagnosis was made and and an antiviral was administered and given time to work the animal would be over it but I guess the antiviral would be given credit for it.

Ken

Re: Bacterins for cattle

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:49 pm
by wbvs58
We can do hair follicles to test for BVD PI's. Same as we submit for DNA testing, about 20-30 hair shafts pulled from the tip of the tail.

Ken

Re: Bacterins for cattle

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:09 pm
by Workinonit Farm
Jeanne - Simme Valley wrote:I have an ear notcher. Just put in a vial & write ID info on it. Give them all to my vet to send off for testing.
You can also draw blood, but ear notches are easiest.
Edit - plus, you can always tell which ones were tested by seeing the earnotch :)


That's how we did it, where I used to work. There was a time when the ones un-notched were the older cows, and by the time I left there, you could look at all the groups of cows, calves etc. and everyone had notched ears.