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Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Cattle - 30 Head BQA – Beef and Dairy Three (3) Reimbursements
$1,500 Maximum Reimbursement
Payment amount per head
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
Lifetime Limit = refers to the number of allowed reimbursements.

Guidelines

This new program focuses on improving the whole herd health and reputation of Tennessee cattle by encouraging producers to develop a preventative vaccination protocol for their cattle operation. Prioritizing the health and well-being of your cattle is key to a successful operation. A herd health protocol helps to safeguard against sickness and death within the herd.

This program targets all beef and dairy cattle. This program requires basic preventative vaccinations that focus on respiratory diseases, Blackleg, and breeding health. Producers are encouraged to work with a Tennessee licensed large animal veterinarian to develop a vaccination protocol for their herd.

This is a record keeping reimbursement. Participants must provide complete data when filling out the reimbursement documentation. Reimbursement is based upon a per head payment instead of a cost share percentage.

What action is required to participate in this program?

Producers will be required to implement the following TAEP Herd Health Protocol and keep records of vaccinations on each individual animal. Information will include: animal identification, sex of animal, date vaccinated, castrated, and dehorned. In addition, producers will be required to list the name, lot number, and expiration date for each product administered for respiratory diseases, Blackleg, and Lepto.

TAEP Herd Health Protocol - Required

1. Vaccination for respiratory diseases for IBR, BVD, PI3, and BRSV — all cattle
2. Vaccination for Blackleg with a 7 or 8 way Clostridial — required for cattle under 2 years
3. Vaccination for Lepto — breeding stock only
4. Dehorned — feeder cattle
5. Castrated — consult your veterinarian for tetanus recommendations if banded

Eligible Items

1. TAEP Herd Health Protocol – required

a. Vaccination for respiratory diseases for IBR, BVD, PI3, and BRSV – all cattle
b. Vaccination for Blackleg with a 7 or 8 way Clostridial – required for cattle under 2 years
c. Vaccination for Lepto – breeding stock only
d. Dehorned – feeder cattle
e. Castrated – consult your veterinarian for tetanus recommendations if banding

Requirements
a. Indicate vaccination activity for each individual animal on the TAEP Herd Health Record.
    i. Animal identification
    ii. Sex of animal
    iii. Date vaccinated, castrated, and dehorned
b. List each vaccination on the TAEP Herd Health Record.
    i. Product name
    ii. Lot number
    iii. Expiration date

2. Additional Opportunities – optional

a. 840 EID Tag Tags – tags must be listed on TAEP Herd Health Record
b. BVD-PI Test – ear notch lab results required
c. Pregnancy Exam - Palpation/Ultrasound – veterinarian test record/invoice required
d. Treatment for external and internal parasites – indicate on TAEP Herd Health Record
e. Respiratory Booster Vaccination – indicate on TAEP Herd Health Record
f. Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE) – BSE form completed by Tennessee licensed large animal veterinarian
g. Trichomoniasis Test – lab results required
h. Genomic Testing – test results and invoice

Herd Health Incentives
Required $/head
TAEP Herd Health Protocol $15
 
Optional $/head
840 EID Tags $2
BVD-PI Test $5
Pregnancy Exam — Palpation/Ultrasound $5
Treatment for external and internal parasites $5
Respiratory Booster Vaccination $10
Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE) $25
Trichomoniasis Test $35
Genomic Testing $40
Must take place between October 1, 2020 and August 1, 2021.

Producers are encouraged to combine multiple exams in a single veterinarian visit. For example, Trichomoniasis testing is recommended during BSE exam. It is also recommended to submit ear notch sample for BVD-PI test and secure 840 EID tag for bull during BSE exam.

Email herd.health@tn.gov for additional information.