Challenges and recommendations for cattle vaccination in Cesar and La Guajira

Eudes Antonio Garzón, zootechnical veterinary doctor and professional from Fedegán-FNG in the La Guajira and Cesar region, offers a detailed view of the current situation and provides valuable advice for livestock farmers in these areas. (Read in WITHlivestock context: It will rain in 29 of the 32 departments, says IDEAM)

The rains in Cesar and La Guajira have been irregular in intensity and distribution. In the south of Cesar, municipalities such as Chiriguaná, Aguachica and Pailitas have experienced heavy downpours, causing flooding and damage to roads. This situation, although challenging, is a historic occurrence in the region.

In contrast, Garzón assures that northern Cesar and southern La Guajira, including towns such as Valledupar, Codazzi and Becerril, have seen more moderate rains. In the south of La Guajira, known for its “exuberant environmental environment, the rains have been sectored. Even in the dry north of La Guajira, rain has also fallen, although to a lesser extent.”

These climatic variations have a direct impact on agricultural activities, especially the livestock vaccination process.

Challenges in the I Vaccination Cycle against foot and mouth disease 2024

The first vaccination cycle of 2024 has recorded slightly lower results than previous cycles. The main reasons include weather difficulties that hinder access to some properties and the need to reschedule visits due to adverse conditions**. In addition, the work start schedules for vaccinators have been delayed a couple of days in some local projects, as Garzón describes.

Another factor that has affected the vaccination cycle is the regulatory change that prohibits vaccinations on Sundays and holidays. In the first two weeks of the cycle, four days were lost due to holiday Mondays, which negatively impacted the progress of the program.

During all vaccination cycles, weekly progress meetings are held. Trade organizations, the ICA and professionals from Fedegán participate in these meetings. According to Garzón, the objective is to analyze the important points and coordinate the actions in each municipality in the area of ​​influence of the local projects. Constant communication between these entities is essential for effective planning and execution of the vaccination cycle.

Recommendations for farmers

In conversations with this medium, Garzón presents a series of recommendations to facilitate the vaccination process:

1. Adapt the facilities, that is, have a suitable place to handle and contain the animals during the process.

2. Plan activities so that they do not interfere with vaccination.

3. Minimize delays because delays in each property delay the route of the vaccinators.

4. Respect the vaccinators’ time as they have limited time to complete their work.

The responsibility for maintaining animal health and the health status of the country falls on both the ranchers and the livestock organizations, the ICA and Fedegán. That’s why, A well-planned and executed vaccination program not only protects the health of livestock, but also opens up market opportunities for products such as meat and milk.. (Read in WITHlivestock context: See a basic vaccination plan guide to take care of the health of your animals)

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