Vaccinate weanlings prior to sale

Managers of marts in Castlerea, Roscommon and Elphin are this week advising farmers to dose and vaccinate weanlings prior to sale.             They point out that to gain maximum benefit from vaccination, calves should be wormed twice before vaccination. Calves certified with primary vaccination should be vaccinated at least ten days and not more than 35 days on the date of the sale.             Starting in September, vaccinated calves will be sold first at local marts. Managers also advised that calves suitable for the live export trade should have in-date export certs.             The initiative has been organised by marts in Roscommon, Castlerea and Elphin in conjunction with the local Irish Farmers’ Organisation in a bid to promote the home and export trade. For further information, contact your local vet or mart manager.