I looked a little closer at the invoice and it appears that the Vet was out a week later on the 29th. So, they were probably boostered. I am hesitant to criticize any Vet, unless I know exactly what they were facing and exactly what they did. It is hard to tell from an invoice.So, yes, he gave Covexin 8 to the 16 calves in September. If that was the only time he came out & gave shots, he wasted time & money if not boostered in 6 weeks. (I know - lots to learn!! LOL)
Poly-Bac B 3R
Bovi-shield Gold BVD
I am not trying to bad mouth your vet - but did he give these shots all at one time? Covexin 8 is a clostridium and Super 7?? don't know what that is but most "7's" are a clostridium also. Both are usually a killed vaccine - Covexin needs to be boostered in 6 weeks. Most 7's need to be boostered.
Inforce 3 is a GREAT product for calves - it is a MLV does not need booster, and BS BVD goes well with it to provide the BVD protection - but it also needs to be boostered. If a vaccine is not properly boostered in the time frame needed - you might as well pour it on the ground. It did ZERO to help the health of your calf. A killed vaccine first "primes" the body and sets it up, the 2nd shot is what kicks in the antibodies for the resistance to the bug.
No Pen should be given "randomly" - maybe you had active Pinkeye at the time??
If he gave these shots in two different visits - he should have used the same "brand" to booster the first shot. So, this is very confusing.
Just so you know, you can buy these products from Valley Vet or many other suppliers and give the shots yourself. Or you can buy the products from your own vet ( a little more money, but sometimes worth it for his/her advice).
Did he/she give the shots in the neck and explain to you "where" to give
Yes we had 3 that were castrated then that we had not gotten earlier in the spring.Why did he give the 3 doses of Tetanus Antitoxin? Did you castrate 3 at that time?
No i bought a bottle of draxxin to have on hand for issues. Cheaper that way then having to take a sick calf in after hours and get them taken care of. We already had to do that earlier this year and that little visit cost me over 100 and we still lost the calf. So we bought a bottle to keep in case we needed it and have already used it twice now to treat some calves during this hot col hot cold bounce we keep having here.50 doses of draxxin? Am I reading that right? Adam I think you have a vet problem.
True!!! All bets are off! I also give newborns a First Defense bolus and if I administer the bolus first, it seems to catch the calf off guard, giving me time for the Inforce 3 & tagging before it starts bawling.@bird dog should know if Texas is SE deficient or not. "Most" states are. SE is major important to a newborn.
I calve in brutal winter. I have a small herd compared to some on here (run around 50 mommas). I calve them in pens. I put the cow out of the pen before handling her calf. Even if she is a "super tame" one. If a calf bawls while you are processing it, a tame sweetheart can turn into a raging killer. Be safe.
I will probably do it again next year. Depend on how the calves sell in January compared to last year; I will know then if the extra feed I stuck into them was worth it. So my experience is good. I put up a new 5 wire electric fence this last summer, two out of the five wires are a ground wire, and so far everything is where they are supposed to be. We usually don't have to worry about muddy ground this time of year, and so far no snow on the ground yet. I think I can get by without feeding until about the middle of December, that is if we don't get any snow. Now last year I was making dust with the tractor when I went out to feed near the end of December; I hope this year is not that dry.I actually just tried fence line weaning for the first time a few weeks back, and I'm definitely going to do it again next year. Like everyone else is saying, they and the cows bawl for a few days but eventually they just lose interest. There was one calf that I really struggled to keep separated, but that was my fault for not putting up enough strands right from the start. They'll find a way through if you don't, so err on the side of too many. Just be prepared for a bit of pogging/muddy ground if weaning late in the year like me (November here in PEI is always incredibly muddy).