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Our thinking about vaccinations is evolving for the better

Our thinking about vaccinations is evolving for the better

Beef 911: We want the best bang for our vaccine buck, and research is looking for ways to do that

This article will focus on some recent work on vaccination by Dr. Nathan Erickson and others at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. They basically had different calf groups vaccinated with different respiratory virus products in different ways, and measured the results. They solidified some knowledge we have about how we vaccinate our calves, but

Editorial: Community spirit

The last time the military rolled in to help Manitobans deal with a crisis beyond their capacity to manage was in the spring of 1997 during the Flood of the Century. Troops, engineers and equipment were put to work building the Z-dike that ultimately protected Winnipeg from the potential of overland flooding creeping around the


Some U.S. meat packers announce vaccine plans

Some U.S. meat packers announce vaccine plans

Many workers are still waiting for their first jabs

COVID-19 vaccines are making their way into the arms of U.S. meat and agriculture workers, but companies and union officials say progress needs to be faster after coronavirus outbreaks idled slaughterhouses and sickened thousands of workers. Vaccinating food workers could help prevent further production disruptions that sent meat prices soaring in spring 2020 and forced retailers like Kroger

Supply delays of the COVID-19 vaccine have thrown a logistical wrench into vaccination plans.

Few details on rural Manitoba vaccine roll out

The province has teased additional vaccination sites and vaccines out of doctor offices, but logistics are gumming up the works

Manitoba’s farm communities will eventually be getting access to COVID-19 vaccines closer to home, although it’s not yet clear how close or when those plans might launch. Why it matters: Some rural residents are eligible for vaccination against COVID-19, but with only two sites operational, that could mean a long drive. During a technical briefing

At times beef vaccines have come perilously close to being in critically short supply.

The vaccine supply is more fragile than you might think

Beef 911: Supplies can run short for many reasons, so you need to be prepared for that possibility

A lot of disease prevention and maintaining productivity relies on vaccination, and we often don’t realize how much we rely on these vaccines until there is a shortage. With there only being a few large pharmaceutical companies, there may be few alternatives to turn to. With regulatory control being very strict and changes slow to


(PerformanceLivestockAnalytics.com)

Zoetis buys livestock data management firm

Performance Beef platform to expand drugmaker's 'precision' production offering

The producer of livestock drugs such as Draxxin, Bovatec and Excede is buying space in the “precision livestock farming” market with a deal for a U.S. livestock data management firm. New Jersey-based Zoetis, which makes drugs and vaccines for the beef and dairy cattle, equine, swine, poultry and sheep sectors as well as cats and

Workers in protective suits disinfect a pig farm as a prevention measure for African swine fever, in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China, August 22, 2018.

China announces step forward on African swine fever vaccine

It may be too soon to jump for joy, but the pork sector says that ASF vaccine progress out of China is heartening

The world may be one step closer to a workable vaccine for African swine fever (ASF), but one expert warns that a local debut is a long way off — if the vaccine makes it to Canada at all. According to a research article, recently published in a Chinese science journal, researchers out of the

(PrevtecMicrobia.com)

Elanco buys swine PWD vaccine maker

Veterinary drugmaker Elanco Animal Health is expanding its space in the swine sector with a deal to buy the Quebec startup behind Coliprotec vaccines. Indianapolis-based Elanco announced Thursday it has paid $78.5 million to buy Prevtec Microbia, which is headquartered in Montreal with facilities in St-Hyacinthe. The Coliprotec line is meant to help protect pigs


Veterinarians tout vaccine importance

Canada’s veterinarians say vaccines are key to healthy animals and safe foods

Canada’s veterinarians are using Animal Health Week in early October to remind everyone that vaccines are as important to the health of pets and livestock as they are to humans. The spread of communicable disease has not only become an increasing concern for humans but among animals as well, says the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Association

Rob Tremblay, bovine and equine specialist with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., 
lays out timing concerns when vaccinating cows to protect the unborn calf.

Pay attention to timing to boost immunity

That vaccination is wasted if applied at the wrong time, one expert says

Vaccination programs may look less like a road map and more like a maze to producers. There are questions on what illnesses they should target. Is a live or killed vaccine best? When should they be given? How long do they last? If it is a killed vaccine, how far apart should the doses be?