As you prepare to administer vaccinations, be knowledgeable about needle usage as well. New needles are recommended for every animal to decrease the likelihood of disease transmission and postvaccination abscesses.

For large herds, a new needle for every animal may not be practical, but to meet Beef Quality Assurance guidelines, a minimum standard of needle replacement after every ten animals is required.

Transfer needles are recommended for mixing vaccines that require rehydration. Vaccine should always be drawn out of a bottle with a new sterile needle, never with the needle used for vaccinating animals.

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