Veterinarians who look after cattle are shifting priorities to emphasize disease prevention over treatment, says Gordon Atkins of the University of Calgary’s veterinary school.
The change is occurring as greater focus falls on reducing antibiotics in livestock production. Overall management, nutrition practices and the need to gain a better understanding of the advantages of appropriate vaccination programs have vaulted to the forefront.
“To add a word of caution to the overwhelming positives gained from vaccines, a very small element of uncertainty exists in field vaccinations. Genetics and nutrition of the animal are a significant factor and producers should be vigilant for rare possibilities of unexpected reactions,” Atkins says.
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