Pre-conditioning and Pre-Weaning Vaccinations

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT Preconditioning is a process that happens around the time of weaning to help improve the health status of calves before they are shipped and are either backgrounded or enter feedlots. It can be done while the calves are still with their mothers and can include: castration, dehorning, vaccination, feeding and acclimation processes. Another method involves weaning calves about a month before the proposed sale day and getting them used to novel things that would be present in a feedlot and to carry out all procedures that need to be done. The calves are introduced to new feed, water troughs, feed bunks, castrated (if not...