Maintaining overall animal health is crucial to the performance of your livestock. For many, good health will be the determining factor in the farm’s profitability. The outbreak of disease or infection could quite simply destroy the profits and success of a farm.
Proper Animal Health must be maintained for the entire life cycle of the animal. This ranges from newborns to adult livestock. Implementing proper prevention and an animal health routine will be vital to your success.
The Importance of Vaccinations for Overall Animal Health
Regular and consistent vaccinations will be your biggest weapon to preventing disease. In expectant mothers, proper vaccinations must be administered to ensure that diseases are not passed to the newborn. This cycle of vaccination should continue with the newborn as soon as they are old enough.
In order to ensure proper and effective administration of vaccines, there are a few guidelines you should follow. First vaccines must be correctly handled, stored, and administered. Incorrect storage could result in the vaccine becoming ineffective. Please do not try to stretch out the vaccines by dividing them between the livestock. Dividing ampules between livestock will destroy the potency and effect.
In addition if the animal is already exposed to the disease, vaccinating them will not halt the course of the disease. Vaccines are only used to prevent disease before it occurs. This is done by exposing the animal to a small dose of a weakened or dead strain of the virus. The animal’s body will then develop immunity and the ability to fight against the disease in the future.
Dewormers: The key to Preventing Parasitic Infection
In addition to vaccinations, livestock dewormers are also an important part of animal health. Deworming must be done regularly to prevent infection, and maintain a low level of parasitic content in the animal. Intestinal parasites are among the most common and yet serious health problems affecting animal health. Due to the range and resistance of certain parasitic types, you will want to rotate the classes or types of deworming agents.
During the infestation and life cycle of a parasite, they can damage the tissues and organs in an animal. Livestock wormers help to keep worm population under control, and prevent signs of infection. In addition to deworming it is important to exercise a few steps to ensure proper prevention. First you need to ensure that manure and old bedding is removed from the stalls. Parasites are directly transmitted through the fecal matter of animals. Removal of the feces will prevent reinfection through animals eating off the ground. You should also make a habit of feeding the animals off the ground and in cribs or mangers. As well as regular deworming, fecal examinations should be performed at least once a year. If problems emerge you may wish to perform the examinations more. The examination of fecal matter will help to determine the infection levels, and the effectiveness of the drugs.
The Vital Factor of Animal Health
To maintain further animal health, all new animals should be quarantined and treated before integration. Vaccinating and deworming the animals beforehand will prevent the spread of infection to the current livestock. Overall, the health of your livestock will rely heavily on the preventative measures and steps that you take. Quite simply, when you are dealing with something so vital to your profitability, you cannot afford to ignore the great importance on animal health.