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Range Ready helps build foundation for herd health

Boehringer Ingelheim press release Published on 17 February 2011

Six years ago, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. helped seedstock producers add value through its Range Ready Health Warranted Breeding Stock program. Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica has now extended its offering to include the Range Ready Quality Feeder Calf program.

“The objective of the Range Ready program is to have a calf that is ready to go for the buyer—whether that is a breeding animal or a feeder calf,” says Dr. Joe Campbell, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. senior professional services veterinarian. “Good health begins with the young calf. The Range Ready Quality Feeder Calf program outlines protocols that help get that calf off to a good start. There is demand in the industry for healthy feeder calves.”

The Range Ready Quality Feeder Calf program offers flexibility to begin a vaccination protocol at branding, pre-weaning or weaning. The user-friendly Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica products combined with flexible protocols are a win-win for cow-calf producers.

As an example of the user-friendly products, in two syringes producers can protect calves against Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), Bovine Virus Diarrhea Types 1 and 2 (BVD), Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV), Parainfluenza 3 (PI3), Pasteurella haemolytica and Clostridium chauvoei, Cl septicum, Cl novyi, Cl sordellii, Cl perfringens Types C & D (7- way blackleg).

Online enrollment helps reduce paperwork for producers. Once the protocol is entered online with one click, producers can print a verification certificate showing what products were administered and when they were given. As a bonus, the heifer calves that are kept for replacements can easily be enrolled in the Range Ready Health Warranted Breeding Stock program.

Research has shown an average net return from preconditioning calves of just over $25 per head.1 Well-planned preconditioning programs, like Range Ready Quality Feeder Calf, help build a solid foundation for the future performance of that calf in the feedlot. Research continues to show that preconditioned calves have lower morbidity and mortality rates once they enter the feedyard.2,3

For more information on both tracks of the Range Ready program, visit or contact your local Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica representative. end_mark

1Donnell J, Ward C, Swigert S. Costs and benefits associated with preconditioning calves. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin AGEC-247, Stillwater: Oklahoma State University,1–4.

2Roeber DL, Umberger WJ. The value of preconditioning programs in beef production systems presented July 28–31, 2002. Western Ag Econ Assoc Annu Meet 2002; 11.

3Lalman D, Smith R. Effects of preconditioning on health, performance and prices of weaned calves. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin ANSI-3529, Stillwater: Oklahoma State University: 2.