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Progressive Cattleman (3/17): Dirty, crowded pastures: Are they putting your newborns at risk?

Hereford World (3/16): Healthy Calves: Are you doing everything you can to protect end-of-season calves?

RFD-TV: (3/16) Scott Sturgeon, DVM- Newborn calf protocols

Progressive Cattlemen (2-16): 4 Producers share their newborn calf protocols

Bovine Vet: Healthy Newborn Calves: A Service Opportunity

DairyBusiness East (11-15): Are Your Newborn Calf Protocols Up to Par?

Best of the West (8-15): Prevention is the Key to Healthy Calves

Severson Radio Network (2-15): Report from NCBA – First Defense product spotlight.

HeiferNotes (3/15): Combat procedural drift with 4 colostrum management refreshers

Dairy Herd Management (3/15): Back to the basics: 6 tips to get calves off to a great start

Video (2/15): World Ag Expo TV

Progressive Dairyman (1/15): Planning for success one calf at a time at Ruedinger Farms Inc.

Progressive Dairyman (11/14): Is colostrum inactivating your scours prevention program?

California Cattleman (9/14): Getting calves off on the right foot this calving season

Dairy Business (8/14): Dotterer & Sons Dairy: Growing through careful calf-care

The Progressive Farmer (7/14): Racing the clock: Newborn calf care is money in the bank

Progressive Dairyman (5/14): What is scours costing your operation?

DairyBusiness Communications (4/14): Dairy Calf & Heifer Association Conference Panelists Share Calf Management Insights

Vet Advantage (3/14): Healthy beginnings

Tri-State Neighbor (2/14): Give newborn calves immediate immunity during spring calving season

Testimonials

“When first approached about using First Defense® I wasn’t quite sure about it but, it’s a simple easy way as far as prevention for scours. It’s something we can give day old, immediately and see the benefits right away.”

BRAD SCOTT
Scott Brothers Dairy | Moreno Valley, CA

“The savings are dramatic, we were using egg antibodies for about two years. We still had a scour percentage morbidity of about 13.7% and we had a mortality rate of 4.8%. We swapped out the egg antibodies for First Defense® and within the first 90 days our scour rate dropped to 7% and our death loss on the first group of 90 day calves was 0.89%. The labor costs are lower. Everything runs smoother. It’s just invaluable.”

EDWARD HARNESS, DVM
Daytona Dairy | Preston, ID

“We have been using First Defense® for the last 3-4 years and are really happy with the product. For us it’s important, it’s a big investment and a huge return. The product is convenient and versatile.  Knowing we have protection as soon as the calf hits the ground is satisfying and comforting. This product gives assurance.”

DAN KULLOT, DVM
Syracuse Dairy | Syracuse, KS

“We usually have scour issues in calves from the last 25% of cows that calve, likely due to increased pathogens. We used First Defense® on those 25% of calves this year and not a single calf scoured. First Defense® is something we’ll definitely use next year and likely on a higher percentage of our herd.”

JIMMY THOMAS
THOMAS CATTLE | 400 head cow/calf production for EU export market | Homedale, ID

“A combination of rain and snow for several weeks resulted in challenging calving weather and our calves being born in wet and muddy conditions. We were amazed at how well First Defense® worked even with the poor weather conditions. We didn’t have to treat any of our First Defense® calves for scours and we experienced a reduction in pneumonia rates as well.”

RICK & VIVIAN LORENZINI
LORENZINI FARMS | 300 head cow / calf beef operation | Waldona, CO

“With input from our herd veterinarian, we revamped our calf-care program by upgrading the vaccination protocol; switching from milk replacer to pasteurized waste milk; hired a calf-care manager and administered First Defense® to every heifer calf shortly after birth. We now have just 2 to 3 percent pneumonia incidence and continue to use First Defense® on every heifer calf.”

CANDICE DOTTERER
PAUL DOTTERER & SONS DAIRY | 700 cows | Mill Hall, PA

“Before I used First Defense® I was administering several vaccines in unison. In talking with my veterinarian, I learned that those vaccines actually were cancelling one another out. That was more than 10 years ago. I switched to only First Defense® and have been using it since.”

FREDA CAREY
HC DAIRY FARM | 500 cows | Lakeland, FL

“About seven years ago, we were having a serious problem with rotavirus and coronavirus; we were losing a lot of calves. Our veterinarian recommended administering First Defense® to newborns. It took care of the problem and I couldn’t be happier. We’ve given First Defense® to every heifer calf since.”

JAY VAN DER HOEK
VAN DER HOEK DAIRY | 1,800 cows | Modesto, CA

“Approximately 10 years ago we had a minor flair-up of scours in our herd… The following year we administered First Defense® to every newborn. Scours became basically non-existent..”

BRAD BADER
CARROUSEL FARMS, BEEF FARM

“We began using First Defense® during the 2013 calving season when we were treating what seemed like half of our calves for scours. Since using First Defense®, we have treated only four calves for scours out of our 600 head herd. First Defense® really works!”

BRIAN MARSHALL
MARSHALL & FENNER FARMS, BEEF FARM

“First Defense® is like an insurance policy that pays for itself in spades. Say you cut your death loss from, conservatively, 8 to 2 percent… That fuels the growth of the whole dairy.”

ARIE ROELOFFS
SOUTHFIELD DAIRY, DAIRY FARM

“First Defense® works, because we’ve seen the outcome of its absence. Two different times, we chose to cut back and stop giving it and both times the calves got sick. We’ve learned our lesson. My advice: get your calves on it, and stick with it.”

LLOYD CONNELL
DAIRY CALF PRO | Started with First Defense® as a result of a severe E. coli scours outbreak. | FIRST DEFENSE® USER SINCE 2003