Cullen Calf Products, L.L.C., is not affiliated with any individual presently licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the state of Wisconsin. Information contained in this website is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or advise for treatment of any animal health condition or disease. Site visitors are encouraged to contact licensed veterinarians if they require diagnoses, prescriptions, or treatment of any animal health condition or disease.
doc_russ The Calf Doctor, Russ Schnepper DVM, graduated from the University of Illinois Veterinary College in 1959. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Dr. Schnepper was an active member of the Jaycees, raced his own horses, flew his own plane, loved golf and was a world traveler; having visited over 50 countries on six continents.

Dr. Schnepper practiced veterinary medicine in Southwest Wisconsin for 54 years. During that time he owned Lancaster Veterinary Clinic and served as president of Schnepper International. Although Cullen Calf Products is not a provider of veterinary services Dr. Schnepper's work was instrumental in developing many of the products we have available. Dr. Schnepper was born on December 19, 1931 and passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.

Dr. Russ’ Past News Letters

Get Your Cattle Ready For Grass

April 2013 Volume 19 , No. 4 Spring is here! Cattle will be going to pasture. Prepare them properly and they will have a good pasture season. Black Leg is a clostridial disease that forms spores and stays in the soil forever. Viable spores were found in the pyramids in Egypt. If Black leg is ever trouble on a farm, it will always be a challenge. So vaccinate before going to grass. I see farms...

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Calves Need A Good Milk Replacer

March 2013 Volume 19, No. 3 I have talked with several calf raisers that collect all the milk replacer tags they can find and try to determine the best product. This is a futile exercise. Most tags read almost the same, except for “label dressing” and gimmicks. There are only two important things to remember when it comes to feed tags. “IF IT IS ON THE TAG IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE...

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SRP Vaccine

February 2013 Volume 19, No. 2 I am writing this newsletter on Salmonella again, as it continues to be a major problem and there are many misconceptions about the vaccines and treatment, etc. SRP Vaccine is a purified Salmonella newport bacterial extract of siderophore receptor and porin proteins in an oil based-antigen. In effect the vaccine blocks the salmonella organism from absorbing iron....

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Use MLV Vaccine For Treatment

January 2013 Volume 19, No. 1 I have used modified live virus vaccine for treatment, for over twenty-five years, and it still works. My original baby calf programs used modified live virus vaccines in a preventative program. We injected the MLV on Day One and Day Eight. I am well aware the baby calf may not develop much immunity from the vaccines at this age. But I am using the MLV for the...

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All Ear Infections Are Not Mycoplasma

December 2012 Volume 18, No. 12 Mycoplasma continues to be a difficult “bug

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Cold Weather and the Baby Calf

November, 2012 Volume 18, No. 11 Protect the calf from cold stress while transporting it. If you are picking calves up direct from the dairy, try to influence the dairyman not to chill the calf before you get it. Calves that are cold stressed can show depression, loss of appetite and have cold extremities. Conscientious calf raisers are putting calf blankets on the calves while transporting them...

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Treat Once For Lice, Worms And Grubs And Control Them All Winter

October, 2012 Volume 18, No. 10 Now is the time to pour your cattle for lice, grubs, and worms. The use of the injectable wormers do not handle the lice. Clean your livestock up after the first freeze and you should not have problems with lice, grubs nor worms for the rest of the winter. The important part is to be sure every animal in a group or building are treated. If one animal is missed, it...

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IMMUNOBOOST & QUANTUM LEAP SCOUR PREVENTATIVE WORK TOGETHER

September 2012 Volume 18  No. 9 Inject 1 ml Immunoboost on Day One & Day Eight and feed an ounce of Quantum Leap Scour Preventative, twice a day for the first 10 days of the calf’s life to prevent all of the infections caused by the usual scour “bugs” (except Giardia).  No additional antibiotics or additives are needed. Quantum Leap Scour Preventative is a Type B medicated...

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IS A PASTEURELLA VACCINATION BENEFICIAL?

August, 2012 Volume 18, No. 8 If your calves are being raised in a very dry environment, such as Arizona,  Pasteurella vaccination may not be of help.  But if the environment is damp or changeable, like most other areas of the country, or in buildings, pasteurella vaccines are beneficial in young Holsteins. You first see signs of pneumonia two weeks after a problem has occurred. Most pneumonia,...

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PROTECT THE CALF FROM HEAT

July, 2012 Volume 18, No. 7 High temperature and/or high humidity causes extreme stress on the young calf. A dark colored calf that is born in the hot sun is suffering from heat stroke before it is a few hours old. The heat stressed calf may act like a “dummy” and be difficult to feed Heat causes death loss and reduced rates of gain as well as feed efficiency. A bovine animal (unless...

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PINKEYE AND FLIES GO TOGETHER

June, 2012 Volume 18, No. 6 By: Russ Schnepper, DVM Pinkeye affects cattle of all ages, especially those with white hair around their eyes. The flies are attracted to the white eyed animals. The disease we commonly refer to as “Pink Eye”, is usually caused by a bacterium Moraxella bovis. Other bacteria and Mycoplasma species can be involved. There are other conditions that are...

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BUG SEASON IS HERE

May, 2012 Volume 18, No. 5 By: Russ Schnepper, DVM Our clients are having very good results controlling both flies and lice with Ultra Boss pour on. It is safe and legal to use on dairy cattle and veal calves as well. Merck now has a legal claim for use of Ultra Boss on horses and goats. Merck has proven one dose of Ultra Boss persists long enough to kill the hatching louse eggs, hence a one dose...

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EPIC CALF NEWBORN IS WORKING

April, 2012 Volume 18, No. 4 By: Russ Schnepper, DVM Epic Calf Newborn is making lots of calves and calf raisers happy. When you use it on day one, it is absorbed like colostrum. The calf will not absorb the antibodies for use when the calf is older, as with colostrum because there is gut closure and they are not capable of absorbing the antibodies after several hours. Epic Newborn is also being...

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EPIC CALF NEWBORN

March, 2012 Volume 18, No. 3 By: Russ Schnepper, D. V. M. Epic Calf Newborn is an oral antibody paste, packaged in a 60 ml tube, to be administered orally to the newborn calf within the first 12 hours of birth, as gut closure occurs early in the calf’s life. Epic Calf Newborn is being used as either a supplement or a replacement to the colostrum. Epic Calf Newborn is produced by vaccinating...

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SELENIUM IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT

February, 2012 Volume 18, No. 2 By: Russ Schnepper, D. V. M. Half of my calf questions concerning three to twelve week old calves seem to be related to selenium. A selenium deficient calf does not respond well to any treatment. . Selenium is necessary for the immune system to function. With a selenium deficiency the immune system does not function well and the calf will not respond to vaccines...

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AVOID SHAKING UP THE PECKING ORDER

January, 2012 Volume 18, No. 1 By: Russ Schnepper, DVM Pecking order is the basic pattern of social organization within a group in which each animal pecks another lower on the scale without fear of retaliation and submits to pecking by one of higher rank. Groups go through this scenario each time a new member is added to the group. Pigs exhibit the peck order establishment by violently fighting...

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PROTECT THE BABY CALF FROM COLD

December, 2011 Volume 17, No. 12 Protect the calf from cold stress while transporting it. If you are picking calves up direct from the dairy, try to influence the dairyman not to chill the calf before you get it. Calves that are cold stressed can show depression, loss of appetite and have cold extremities. Conscientious calf raisers are putting calf blankets on the calves while transporting them...

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ZACTRAN

November, 2011 Volume 17, No. 11 Zactran is Merial’s new broad spectrum antibiotic. Zactran injection for cattle is a ready to use sterile parenteral solution containing gamithromycin, a macrolide. Each ml of Zactran contains 150 mg of antibiotic. Zactran is for subcutaneous injection in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle only. It is not for use in female dairy cattle 20 months of age or older...

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STRESS CAUSES ADRENALIN TO FLOW

October, 2011 Volume 17, No. 10 My definition of stress, for this discussion, is anything that causes adrenalin to flow. Adrenalin is the “run or fight

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R I N G W O R M

September, 2011 Volume 17, No. 9 Ringworm is a fungal skin infection that often infects young cattle. A typical scenario is the cattle always seem to get ringworm when they are placed in a particular pen. Calves that are nutritionally deficient are infected more severely. The skin lesions usually start out as round, scaley, sores where the hair falls out. The lesions can spread rapidly. Some...

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