With 70 years of experience, the Anderson family knows that fall calving and a sound vaccination program can help conquer the rough geography and climate of Eastern Oregon. And after some trial and error, they also discovered a niche in the seedstock business.
“We realized that if we could develop bulls that were raised in the same environment they were asked to perform in, they also would work for other ranchers who have the same trouble,” Terry Anderson says. “We developed an Angus/Simmental composite breeding program that utilizes the most superior and proven sires from both breeds.”
Along with their breeding program on their ranch in Pilot Rock, Ore., Terry and Debby Anderson, stick to a strict preventive health program. In January at branding, they administer a three-way vaccine to protect against bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) and parainfluenza 3 (PI3), and a bacterin to prevent clostridial diseases. Then in April, they treat calves for parasites with using a broad-spectrum pour-on and vaccinate using a five-way vaccine to protect against IBR, bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) types 1 and 2, PI3 and BRSV, and again administer the clostridial bacterin.
“It’s important that we set up the calves’ immune systems and make sure they are clean of parasites when they go out to pasture,” Anderson says. Based on recommendations and research results, the Anderson’s chose Pfizer’s INFORCE 3 for the initial respiratory vaccination.
Richard Linhart, DVM, veterinarian, Pfizer Animal Health Cattle Technical Services, says INFORCE 3 is a good addition to Anderson’s respiratory vaccination program because it’s demonstrated to prevent respiratory disease caused by BRSV, and aid in the prevention of respiratory disease caused by IBR and PI3 viruses.
“INFORCE 3 helps provide a quick immune response and has the highest labeled protection currently available against respiratory disease caused by BRSV — helping provide both a quick and effective immune response,” Dr. Linhart says. “It also has been shown to be effective in very young calves with maternal antibodies, which is why it is a great choice for the Andersons as part of their branding vaccination program.”
Prior to April turnout, the Andersons choose to vaccinate with Pfizer’s Bovi-Shield GOLD 5 to help protect their calves through the summer grazing season.