Damon K. Rapozo":2mruofqu said:Hello,
It is time for the various annual shots. I have watched the vets and friends do this and want to try it myself. Any basic info needed. I have a runway/chute to make life easy.
joe":3i2ahr9h said:The BQA course I took had no "training" to speak of. It was shoot 'em in the neck, and do it SQ when possible, no more than 10 cc per injection site. The end. I would have someone with experience, or the vet show you how. The Mrs. was very nervous at first also, but now she does all the injections on the farm. New borns, to the old cows. She uses smaller, and shorter needles than I would, but I think it helps her feel better about doing it.
Bill, I think you miss the entire point about Beef Quality Assurance training. It's not intended to teach someone the basics. Mike and I just suggested it would be helpful for everyone who is concerned about beef quality and doing things right to enhance that from a producer standpoint. But I can understand that beef quality would not be a concern of yours. Maybe you participate in an ornamental cow quality assurance program? Maybe pasture art quality assurance? Maybe quality assurance to you is polishing horns? Just keep in mind that people eventually eat your toys, too. Maybe you could try to work in a little BQA training for yourself?Running Arrow Bill":2mvreel5 said:If it's time to vaccinate your cattle, you don't have time to wait and screw around for a "Cattle Course"!
While using a new/clean needle is a good idea when doctoring sick cattle, most serious cattlemen probably have to laugh at this suggestion for vaccinations. Cattle lick each others slobber out of the same mineral trough, they drink out of the same pool that others piss in, and they share all the same insect vectors. For many of us, trying to play like a nurse and change needles every time would involve a lot of unnecessary stress for cattle and time in the chute/tub. For cattle, stress and the time spent under stress is wasted money and wasted performance and leads to bigger trouble. In my opinion, if you're working more than just a few head, it's a foolish waste of time to change needles for every animal. Use a fresh needle when you draw. Use a fresh needle when one gets bent or dull. Use a fresh needle after 10 head or so. But get the cattle worked and get them turned out!Running Arrow Bill":2mvreel5 said:Use new needle for each animal, don't cross-contaminate.
Running Arrow Bill":2ek5kvww said:If it's time to vaccinate your cattle, you don't have time to wait and screw around for a "Cattle Course"! Talk to a Vet, let him/her show you how to do it. Common vaccinations are given SQ (Sub-cutaneous) in neck or shoulder area.
It's fairly simple process, if you're careful, and do it properly, and animals are restrained properly.
Bottomline: BE CAREFUL! Don't accidentally stick yourself with a needle. Use new needle for each animal, don't cross-contaminate. Follow directions.