Vaccination Information Program



The Feeder Council launched the North Dakota Vaccination Information Program (VIP), a program designed to document the vaccination history and management practices used on feeder calves for sale in North Dakota, in 2001.

The program has two main purposes.
1. To help order buyers and feedlot operators make informed purchasing decisions.
2. To help astute cow-calf producers and backgrounders differentiate their cattle from non-vaccinated cattle.
Interested producers fill out a VIP form at the time of marketing in the office of any North Dakota livestock auction market or scale. On the form, producers indicate their contact information and consignment information, in addition to the vaccination and management history of the cattle for sale.

The NDSA Feeder Council has identified three minimum preferred practices in order to qualify for VIP:

1. Administering a 4-way viral vaccination and booster for IBR, BVD, PI3 and BRSV
2. Administering a clostridial 7-way vaccination and booster
3. Supplying documentation to verify those vaccinations
Sales receipts and supplier-signed vaccine product cards qualify as appropriate documentation forms.

Producers sign the VIP form to certify that the information is accurate and that they stand behind their cattle and their word.

At the time the animals are sold, auctioneers at participating auction markets will introduce qualifying cattle and read off the appropriate information to potential buyers.

There is no cost to participate in VIP.
Designed by the Feeder Council, with input from local order buyers, VIP communicates necessary information in an easy-to-use format for both buyers and sellers. The NDSA Feeder Council also recognizes the value of other health history management programs and encourages producers to use this or another program when marketing their cattle.

Because all information is beneficial, the Feeder Council also encourages producers to fill out the applicable areas on the VIP form even if they do not meet all the minimum preferred practices.

There are no guarantees that participating in the CIP or a similar program will yield a price premium for calves, but those who do not vaccinate their calves or follow recommended management practices are much more likely to see discounts. That’s because vaccinated calves suffer less illness and gain weight faster than non-vaccinated cattle and many buyers are unwilling to take a risk on non-vaccinates.