At Good Farms our goal is to offer our customers the healthiest seedstock that we can reasonably produce.
The herd health of the seedstock supplier is of utmost importance as economic impact to our customers can be large if we fail. Even though our health program cannot be an insurance policy or a guarantee of success for our customers, we will do what we can to insure that chances for success are optimized and the cattle leave our ranch in good health. Our herd health has been under the direction of Dr. Lee Penner of Manhattan, Kansas for more than 20 years. Using Dr. Penner’s many years of experience we have developed measures to help us produce healthy Angus breeding stock.
Health starts with the mother and her newly born calf.
Here is a listing of the measures that we take:
- Bovine Leukosis and Anaplasmosis control… Needle changing and rectal palpation sleeves on each animal.
- At birth, vitamin ADE and Clostridium vaccine. Oral ecolizer and rota-corona virus vaccine to 1st. calf heifers calves.
- Going to grass and pre-weaning and weaning… Bovi-Shield Gold, Pinkeye-Blackleg with Clostridium (Alpha 7 MB1). Pasturella One Shot.. Injectable Dectomax and Oral Valbazen de-wormer.
- Heifers: Brucellosis (OCV) and Preg Guard 10 and Spirovac. at 9 months plus all females receive Preg Guard 10 and Spirovac 3-4 wks prior to breed
- All calves are fed a coccidiastat (Deccox) for 28 days.
- All bulls are “pulse” treated with Tetracycline every 30 days during development period prior to sale in March.
- All calves are retreated with Pour-on (Dectomax or Ivermectin) in mid to late November and again in February.
- All bulls receive a complete Bovine Sexual exam by Dr. Lee Penner and vaccinated with Stay Bred and Spirovac (Lepto Hardjo). Also, sale bulls are notch tested for persistently infected BVD and blood tested for Brucellosis and blood is saved for bovine leukosis if customers desire.