SureCalf is a free certification programme aimed at reducing the risk of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in calves during sale and movement to new holdings.
The programme aims to help sellers, who invest in vaccinating against BRD pre-sale, increase the value of their calves and make it easier for buyers to identify these animals at market.
Participation in the SureCalf programme has grown year-on-year since its launch in 2007 and it is now recognised as one of the indicators of healthy, quality cattle. Calves at reduced risk of setbacks from pneumonia are more likely to grow faster, finish earlier, and deliver a better return on investment.
Although vaccinating new calves on arrival can be beneficial, the stresses of recent transportation and change of farm can reduce the vaccine’s effectiveness. Vaccination before sale helps to ensure maximum benefit is achieved.