> I'm sorry to hear you've been
> losing your calves.
> Besides actual vaccine names,
> consider first having your vet
> determine exactly what
> virus/bacteria/parasite is causing
> the deaths.
> Second, see about sanitizing the
> area your calves are born/raised
> in, or moving them to clean ground
> once you find out what you're
> dealing with.
> Third, when you do vaccinate, make
> certain you follow all of the
> manufacturer's directions to the
> letter. Refrigerate and protect
> the vaccine from heat and light,
> don't contaminate your vaccine by
> sticking used needles into it,
> give the recommended number of
> doses in the time frame
> recommended, and give the vaccine
> as directed, whether SQ or IM.
> If you're dealing with a virus,
> all you can do is give supportive
> care, once the above factors have
> been dealt with. Antibiotics can
> be effective against bacteria that
> causes a primary or secondary
> infection, but not viruses.
> As for specific vaccines, we use
> Cattlemaster 4 (and it's a VERY
> fragile vaccine once mixed),
> Scourguard 3KC, a good 8 way,
> Staybred VLS, and a good pinkeye
> vaccine on our herd. The vaccines
> most effective on your herd will
> vary according to the area you are
> in and the prevalent diseases in
> your area.
> Look around your place and see if
> your water supply and/or
> calving/nursery grounds could be
> contaminated. Make sure you and
> others who work with your
> livestock aren't carrying the
> disease from animal to animal on
> your hands, clothing, shoes,
> syringes, needles, bottles, etc.
IMO the above is very good advice!
If calves are dying, start with a vet!
Linda's vaccine program looked very good, but that is Linda's program based on past experience and likely some imput from her vet. I have heard vet's say that vaccine programs could differ even in the same county, maybe from neighbor to neighbor.
Regardless of how sincere the poster may be or the decades of experience he/she may have, it really seems like a shot in the dark at a very small target to suggest a program without having seen the farm, animals and management level of the producer!
If animals are sick or dying, then her first statement is the most important! Call a vet!