A successful weaning program starts with quality nutrition to allow for the value of sound animal health protocols and management practices to later be realized on sale day.
The Purina® Plus program brings together the most innovative leaders in animal health to help deliver reduced risk, high-value calves to market, aimed to help maximize value for both cow-calf producers and cattle buyers.
Use Purina® Plus resources to tailor a weaning and marketing strategy that works for your farm or ranch. Choose from proven vaccination and deworming protocols and high-quality nutrition programs to drive individual success.
Weaning with quality nutrition helps set the stage for lifetime performance. Purina® starter feeds include proprietary RX3® Immune Support Technology, which primes calf immune systems to support overall calf health, help reduce treatment costs and help set calves up for a healthy future. A sound foundation built on high-quality nutrition along with sound health protocols combine to help equip calves for optimized growth and performance.
Purina paved the way with leaders in animal health, like Boehringer Ingelheim, Elanco, Merck, Zinpro and Zoetis, to establish the requirements for Purina® Plus. As an added benefit, Purina® Plus calves can qualify for additional VAC 45 value-added programs to increase the calf marketing edge for producers.What Our Allies Say
A one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for weaning and marketing calves. That’s why Purina® Plus provides a framework for selecting nutrition, vaccination and deworming options that best fit your management program and complement practices you may already be doing.
"It’s amazing to think how much better we’ve done with Purina. By participating in the Purina® Plus program, our calf marketing has gone beyond good to excellent."Connect with a Purina® Plus specialist
"It’s amazing to think how much better we’ve done with Purina. By participating in the Purina® Plus program, our calf marketing has gone beyond good to excellent."
Participation in Purina® Plus takes three easy management steps
for 21 days post-weaning, then transition to a nutritionist-recommended diet for a minimum of 45 days prior to sale. Work with your local Purina® dealer to determine the best weaning nutrition to meet your performance goals.
- 2 doses of Clostridium chauvoei, septicum, novyi, sordellii, perfringens (Types C & D)
- 2 doses of IBR, PI3, BRSV, and BVD Type 1 and 2
-Both must be administered as a modified live vaccine
- 1 dose of Mannheimia haemolytica/Pasteurella multocida
-May be administered with a combination viral or clostridial vaccination
With program-approved dewormers.
Purina® starter feeds are balanced for nutrients essential to support growth and performance, including protein, energy, fat, minerals and vitamins.
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1 Summary of Purina studies CG131, CG153, CG165 CG171 and PMI studies at University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University.
*In collaboration with and with support from your local veterinarian