Black Leg vaccination

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I just found out that the pasture I am renting this spring, that has a nice crick in it, also had 4 dead calves in it last year, 2 of which tested positive for black leg. Can I give my calves a black leg shot at birth, then the booster after 3 months when I haul them over there or is it too risky to give it at birth? Also, should the heifers that are calving have a booster for this or is it a one time shot thing? My vet.... who is retired and hasn't left the office for a decade claims one shot, no matter when, they will be fine. I don't want to take chances?!?
 

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Our cows get a vaccination twice a year for blackleg, but that's primarily to get the blackleg antibodies in the chlostorum. The calves get there first blackleg vaccination when they're omonth or so to a couple of weeks old. When we work everybody in the spring the get castrated and vaccinated . In the fall at weaning they get another vaccination and a booster 3 weeks later.
works for us

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My vet has told me that a vaccine like black leg will not hurt to give over time repeatedly. I give my calves one at a month old, three, and one more when I start my vac program just before weening them. My cows get one every year at the time they get revaccinated. If there is a history of black leg I would give it three times spred evenly. To me it is cheap compared to the results of not giving it.
 

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A few years back I lost some 2- 4 week old calves that just up an died. The vet thought probably overeating caused it and suggested giving the calves the clostridial shots as newborns since I try to tag and give Vitamin A-D-E shots anyway. Started giving them shots of 7- way (includes blackleg) shortly after they're born, again when I brand and then when I precondition in the fall and have not had any problems.
 
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i was told that the calves are protected from ther mothers antibodies in the milk untill ther 4 months or so and it requires 2 shots one and then a booster shortly after and this needs given every year but cattle over 3 dont require any thing it only affects younger cattle
 

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Yep.. I agree with Rags here.. My vet told me that the mother provides allthe antibiotics they need while they are nursing. Then one shot will take care of it at weening.
 

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Shot at one month, shot at 6 months and shot at 1 year. Never lost an animal to blackleg in 20 years. Never again. It's a foolish management cost-cutting idea that costs money...just like selenium and white muscle disease.
 

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id give every animal that went there under two years a dose and a booster. too cheap a vaccine for the money that could be lost......but this is a old thread :p
 

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We give our calves a shot of 8-way at birth, at branding, and at weaning. Then we give all of the cows a shot at Fall processing. As cheap as it is, you're not wasting any money.
 

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In addition, we hit all our cows bulls with blackleg vac a minimum every 4 years. We lost a cow a while back to blackleg that was vaccinated at a younger age.
 

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