Because disease prevention involves the interaction and control of these factors, it is important to custom design a herd health schedule for your individual operation. For example, say Farm A is having an outbreak of calf scours. Upon reviewing the vaccination program, there is room to get more aggressive by increasing the number of vaccinations. However, it is also clear that Farm A has major gaps in farm husbandry--dirty calving pen, unsanitary condition of calf housing. In this case, hyperimmunizing, or increasing vaccination, is not going to have a significant effect on calf health until steps are taken to improve sanitation.
The above scenario applies to all livestock species and highlights the importance of tailoring an all-encompassing herd health program to your individual operation.
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