Vaccines and Organic Beef

When raising cattle to meet the necessary requirements qualifying beef as Organically raised, both consumers and producers often ask if the cattle can legally be given vaccines ?  The answer is yes.  The National Organic Program standards set by the USDA state:

The producer must establish and maintain preventive livestock health care practices, including…administration of vaccines and other veterinary biologics.”

Vaccination is done for one purpose and that is to stimulate immunity in the animal, enabling it to fight specific diseases when and if exposed.  Vaccinations are an aid in the prevention of disease to reduce the requirement for the treatment of disease.  Conscientious producers  consult with beef specialist veterinarians in the development of annual vaccination programs specific to their regional needs.

Healthy cattle are happy cattle!

Healthy cattle are happy cattle!

For more information:  http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=77c9753af33d040f356b83c6824175d2&r=SECTION&n=7y3.1.1.9.32.3.354.12