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High economic return per dollar invested can result from proper flock health management. Vaccinations are part of health management.
A preventive health program in modern sheep production systems is advisable. High economic return per dollar invested can result from proper flock health management. Health management is much more than a vaccination program. Vaccinations themselves are considered for a variety of reasons. These include disease risk management and strict prevention. Vaccinations may also be indicated in situations where management practices other than vaccine administration do not produce optimum health or economic benefits.
It is not feasible to outline one vaccination program suitable for all sheep producers. As in other species, recommendations must be made on an individual basis to apply to the various health problems encountered. Only in situations where the sheep population as a whole is considered to be at risk, such as enterotoxemia, can blanket recommendations be made. Local veterinarians are the best qualified persons to give advice on developing sound flock vaccination programs. This publication will familiarize you with health conditions in sheep which can be prevented using vaccination procedures.
Strict adherence to manufacturer's recommendations is important to success. Maintenance of sterility and cleanliness is imperative. Refer to NebGuide G86-797, Causes of Vaccination - Immunization Failures in Livestock, for further information in this area.