Producers need to have the flexibility to use the best vaccines, at the right times on their herds. Thanks to a label update, Pyramid® 5 + Presponse® SQ can now be given to calves nursing pregnant cows, provided the cows were vaccinated pre-breeding with either an Express® FP or PYRAMID vaccine according to label directions.

"Traditionally, using a pre-breeding EXPRESS FP vaccine meant having to use an EXPRESS vaccine prior to weaning in the calf health program," explains Dr. Travis Van Anne, Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI). "This limited a producer's ability to choose from the full portfolio of BIVI products. With this new label approval, however, producers can use both EXPRESS FP and PYRAMID products in their vaccination protocol to protect the cows and prepare the calves for the stress of weaning and the next phase of production."

An example protocol under the new guidelines could include:

  • Administering EXPRESS FP 5-VL5 to cows approximately 30 days pre-breeding to protect against reproductive diseases such as BVD, IBR, leptospirosis and vibrio.
  • Vaccination of nursing calves (approximately 1 to 3 months of age) with PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ for protection against common causes of respiratory disease.
  • Giving a booster dose of PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ to calves at preweaning or weaning to increase immunity prior to shipping and commingling.

According to Dr. Van Anne, "When you look at the research that supports the efficacy claims for IBR abortion, BVD disease and PI calves in EXPRESS FP, coupled with the head-to-head trials that have been done with PYRAMID 5 + PRESPONSE SQ, I believe that this is one of the most effective protocols you can implement to help improve the health of your herd."

For more information on the new label, click here.