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Tools and Resources for Veterinarians

The Beef Cattle Research Council is collaborating with practicing vets across Canada to build and modify trusted tools they can use or share with beef clients to improve herd health and profitability. Scroll down for just a few examples of the resources and tools available for vets and the beef producers they serve. 

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BVD Vaccination Cost Benefit Calculator

bovine viral diarrhea virus vaccination cost-benefit calculator

The cost benefit of BVD vaccinations tool allows producers to input their herd size, expected price, animal weights, cost of vaccine and labour to see the potential savings from vaccinating cattle for bovine viral diarrhea virus.

Click to download [.xlsx file | 95kb]

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Economics of Pregnancy Testing Beef Cattle

economics of pregnancy testing beef cattle

The following calculator is based on the economics of preg-checking model which was developed by Ben-Ezra and Muzzin in 2015. It can help cow-calf producers determine which of the following three options is most economical for their operation:

  • Preg-check and cull non-pregnant cows in the fall.
  • Preg-check in the fall and feed non-pregnant cows separately to market at a later date.
  • Do not preg-check - overwinter all cows and cull opens in the spring after calving.

A basic and advanced version are available. Both versions have the option to enter parameters for feeding cull cows as a separate group.

Click to view the interactive tool.

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Calculate the Value of Preconditioning Calves

value of preconditioning beef calves calculator

This calculator evaluates the economic opportunity from preconditioning by providing a summary of estimated net returns and projected break-even price premiums of three different precondition programs.

Click to open the online calculator.

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For more information on this project, or to share ideas for new tools, contact Dana Parker at parkerd@beefresearch.ca.

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