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Answer: Vaccination against disease is an accepted practice in organic beef cattle production and is allowed under the National Organic Program rules section 205.603(a)(3) Biologics-Vaccines. Vaccination should complement other preventative health management practices, such as reducing stress, ensuring a balanced ration, and providing pasture as a significant portion of energy needs.
Some natural beef producers contest vaccination, and assert that providing for the development of natural immunity through farm biodiversification protects animals better than a vaccination regime. Vaccines are seen by these practitioners to bypass natural immunity. Regardless, vaccination is a tool that should be carefully considered by the producer and the veterinarian. Every producer should develop their vaccination program to address the risks of diseases endemic to one's region. Consult your veterinarian to determine the types of vaccines recommended for your area.
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