Cattle Press Releases

Intranasal and Injectable Respiratory Vaccines: There’s a Time and Place for Both of Them

Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) is still a major cause of sickness and death in young beef and dairy calves. While vaccination remains one of the most effective ways to prevent losses associated with BRD, it’s often assumed that intranasal vaccines are the best approach in younger calves. However, recent research shows that previous perceptions about injectable respiratory vaccines may not be accurate, and that both types of vaccines have a place in BRD prevention. 

Building calf immunity

Calcium Supplementation: Not All Options Are Created Equal

By Dave Festa, DVM 
Professional Services Veterinarian
Boehringer Ingelheim


Calving sets off a series of events in a cow’s body that impacts her entire system. One stressor is a significant spike in calcium demand, due to the onset of colostrum production. Most second- and greater-lactation cows are unable to maintain adequate calcium levels after calving, often triggering clinical or subclinical hypocalcemia (SCHC).

Can Your Operation Afford to Pay for Sick Days?

Dairy producers could be losing long-term performance and returns if bovine respiratory disease (BRD), commonly known as pneumonia, is not addressed quickly. That’s because BRD can have a significant impact on weight gain, which can delay a heifer’s introduction into the milk stream.

Investigating the Causes of Respiratory Disease

When producers are struggling with bovine respiratory disease [BRD], one of the first questions I get asked is ‘Hey, Doc, what new antibiotic is working these days?’” said Daniel Cummings, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim. “While antibiotics are important, they are just one part of the big picture.” 

Four Steps to Successful Fresh Cow Management

DULUTH, Georgia. (November 25, 2019) — The beginning of each new lactation challenges a dairy cow’s ability to maintain normal blood calcium concentrations, often opening the door to costly diseases such as hypocalcemia, or “milk fever.” Unlike clinical hypocalcemia, which is usually identified by down cows, cattle dealing with subclinical hypocalcemia do not show any obvious signs.

Three Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Pour-on Dewormer

“Let’s face it….We aren’t going to have an unending supply of new molecules and new active ingredients for parasite control,” warned Dr. John Davidson, senior associate director, beef cattle professional services, Boehringer Ingelheim. “That’s why we need to ensure judicious and proper use of the products we have available now — to ensure they maintain their efficacy in the years to come.”

Dr. Davidson said there are several best practices for getting good parasite control from pour-on dewormers:

Reducing Antibiotic Use on Your Dairy

Reducing antibiotic use is better for the cow, the producer and the consumer. To be more judicious with antibiotic use, start by adjusting treatment protocols for mastitis, an infection responsible for the greatest antibiotic use on dairies.1

“Our strategies for preventing mastitis and being selective about which animals get treated with antibiotics balance judicious use of antibiotics with the need to provide good animal care and improve animal productivity,” said Heidi Fischer, winner of the 2019 Producers for Progress Recognition Program.*

It Pays to Map Out a Herd Health Program with Your Veterinarian

DULUTH, Ga. (November 25, 2019) — “A comprehensive herd health program is important for two key reasons,” said Richard Linhart, DVM, Boehringer Ingelheim. “The primary reason is to keep the cattle healthy. The second reason, though many people may not realize, is for marketing purposes. Cattle that are handled, nourished and vaccinated properly are going to be more enticing for potential buyers. Those cattle will bring you more money than cattle not properly enrolled in a health program.” 

Is Your Farm a Good Candidate for Selective Dry Cow Therapy?

Prostaglandin Choice Can Improve Synchronization Success

DULUTH, Georgia. (August 15, 2019) — “For dairy producers, controlling reproduction is one of the fastest ways to make an economic impact,” stated Stephen Foulke, DVM, DABVP, Boehringer Ingelheim. “And the key to successful breeding is making sure we achieve complete luteal regression as quickly as possible.” 

Preparing Cattle for Breeding