The needs of cows and calves vary according to geographical areas and breeding techniques. Around the world, we work with veterinarians and farmers to address this diversity. Our comprehensive approach to bovine health focuses on solutions that increase animal resistance and resilience, particularly through vaccination and micronutrition.
ADAPTING TO THE DIVERSITY OF CATTLE FARMING
- Prioritize prevention and alternatives to antibiotics
- A global approach to calf health
- Solutions for a more qualitative and sustainable milk production
VACCINATION, A COLLECTIVE AND LONG-LASTING PROTECTION
Preventive vaccination limits the appearance of infectious diseases, their spread within the herd and reduces their severity, particularly the appearance of clinical signs. Because it provides protection for the entire herd, avoids unnecessary suffering and losses while reducing the use of treatments, we have made it the first pillar of our approach to bovine health. Our solutions address the most common infectious diseases in cattle around the world, including enteritis, reproductive and respiratory diseases. Vaccination strengthens the animal's immune functions for rapid and lasting protection. By combining it with micronutrition, we further increase the vaccine response and reduce the infectious pressure within the herd, and contribute all the more effectively to the health of the world's livestock and to the fight against zoonoses
MICRONUTRITION OVER MEDICATION
Limiting the use of chemical molecules (particularly antibiotics) by supporting the body’s natural processes through a mineral and trace element supplementation: that is the goal of micronutrition. As in humans, these nutrients are just as essential to immune response mechanisms as they are to the development of the animal. Zinc, copper, manganese and selenium in particular are components with a wide variety of enzymes that promote reproduction, immunity, metabolism, growth and production. The diet of bovines does not always provide enough of these components, particularly at certain critical times in their lives (mating, parturition and drying off, for example). A program of high bioavailable trace elements supplementation will help to meet the animal’s increased nutritional needs at these key moments. To optimize their absorption, Virbac offers injectable forms that provide better availability for each animal and overcome the complex mineral antagonisms in the animals’ digestive tracts.
HEALTHY COWS MAKE BETTER MILK
Because healthy cows produce quality milk, Virbac makes their health and welfare a priority. Dedicated to dairy professionals, the Target 150™ program aims to bring global and integrated solutions and protocols for a better and more sustainable milk production. Developed in close cooperation with worldwide known experts in several countries,Target 150™ focuses on the most critical 150 days of the milk production cycle. This livestock follow-up, diagnosis and decision-making assistance tool is accompanied by a training program. It stands upon 4 fundamental pillars, which are animal welfare, nutrition, reproduction and milk quality.
CALF HEALTH IS THE HERD’S FUTURE
During the first weeks of life, calves’ health is dependent on maternal antibodies contained in colostrum while waiting for the calf's own immunity to become active. Because of this, newborn calves are particularly sensitive to attacks from the external environment. To fight dominant pathologies in farms, especially respiratory diseases and neonatal diarrhea, our approach is a global management of calf health, integrating diagnosis, prevention (parasiticides, vaccines) and support (rehydrating agents, antibiotics, etc.). We pay particular attention to the prevention of neonatal diarrhea, the number one cause of mortality in calves before the age of one month. Vaccination of pregnant cows against the principal pathogenic agents (Rotavirus, Coronavirus, E. coli) raises the number of antibodies in colostrum and gives the calf passive immunity from a very young age. Vaccination reduces the severity and duration of neonatal diarrhea, and by reducing the excretion of pathogenic agents into the environment, it limits infectious pressure on the farm.