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This NebGuide suggests ideas and discusses some basic essentials of health management in beef cow operations.

Establishing a good cow-calf herd health program is a necessary step if profit is to be realized. Managing disease risk is an important aspect of a good health program design. Vaccinations help reduce the probability of disease but cannot solely be depended upon for prevention. Well-designed herd health programs address multiple areas of management in order to reduce likelihood of disease outbreaks. The objective of any beef herd health program should be to profitably produce calves having optimum weaning weights from a high percentage of cows in the herd. Active involvement with your veterinarian will ensure sound health program development year-round.