Routine herd work and preventative medicine is probably the biggest aspect of bovine medicine. Trying to prevent certain diseases and conditions such as pneumonia and scours is much more beneficial than trying to treat after the fact.  We recommend the following schedule of vaccinations and routine work for your herd:


Respiratory: IBR, PI3, BVD, and BRSV

Scour Vaccines: Rotavirus, coronavirus, clostridium, and e. coli

Pinkeye-appropriate for certain herds in the spring

Pregnancy Checks when appropriate

Regular deworming

Fly tags in the spring

Vibrio Leptosporsis: including hardjo bovis when appropriate.


Respiratory: IBR, PI3, BVD, and BRSV +/- Haemophilus and Pasteurella

Brucellosis (calfhood): done to heifers b/w 4-12 months of age. A tattoo is placed in the ear at the time of this vaccination

Blackleg - seven way clostridial vaccine

Pinkeye-can be beneficial for certain herds

Castration of the bulls

Dehorning if appropriate


Fly tags in the spring


Respiratory: IBR, PI3, BVD, and BRSV

BSE (Breeding Soundness Exam)-prior to turning out with cows.


Fly tags in the spring

Vibrio Leptosporsis: including hardjo bovis when appropriate.

Missouri Stocker Feeder Quality Assurance Program
In a cow/calf operation that sells weanling calves, owners can benefit their bottom line by entering a program such as the Missouri Stocker Feeder Quality Assurance Program (MSFQAP). There are many programs out there, but the MSFQAP is the mostly widely used around here. If certain requirements are met, the calves receive a tag in their ear that allows buyers to know exactly what set of vaccinations and procedures have been done. This in turns helps producers receive a premium on their cattle because they will be more likely to thrive in the feedlots without acquiring disease. The requirements of the MSFQAP are outlined below.

MSFQAP Requirements

Level One: White Tag Program

  • Producers must be certified
  • Calves must be properly identified with an approved ear tag
  • External and internal parasite control
  • Calves must be dehorned and healed
  • Calves must be castrated with a knife and healed or verified to be steers
  • Vaccinations: seven way clostridial, IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV, and Pasteurella (Haemophilus has become optional)
  • Calves must be born on the farm. Birthdate of oldest calf or range of birthdates must be provided
  • Bull in and out dates provided
  • Individual calf treatments must be recorded
  • Vaccinations must be given no younger than five months of age and at least twenty-one days before sale

Level Two: Red Tag Program

  • Must meet all requirements for Level one AND
  • Weaned forty five days before offering for sale
  • Receive boosters a minimum of twenty-one days following initial vaccinations. Modified live vaccines are required for viral vaccine boosters. Pasteurella booster not required if initial vaccine labeled as a single dose.
  • Boosters must be given at least seven days prior to sale and be MLV for IBR, PI3, BVD, and BRSV

Level Three: Blue Tag Program

  • Must meet requirements of Level one and Level two AND
  • All cattle must be negative for persistent BVD infection.