Beef cattle vaccines

NSW DPI - Dr Sarah Robson

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Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Know the facts on vaccinating your cattle herd, prevention is key. Interesting to know that one vaccine on the market covers the 5 most common diseases in cattle.

This detailed fact sheet covers common cattle viruses and diseases that can be vaccinated against and what symptoms may be present if your cattle are infected. It assists producers in knowing what vaccines are available, what they cover and how often they should be administered.

The items covered in this article are:

• Botulism

• Clostridial vaccines and the five common clostridial diseases

• Diseases that cause infertility and abortion

• Respiratory disease

• Vaccinations targeting specific diseases

• How to correctly vaccinate cattle

Key points were as follows:

• A common vaccine to treat the five common clostridial diseases (tetanus, malignant oedema, enterotoxaemia, black disease and blackleg) is called a 5-in-1 vaccine.

• Diseases that cause infertility or abortion in cattle are leptospirosis, vibriosis and pestivirus and can all be prevented by using individual vaccines.

• Respiratory disease is a disease that is more commonly found in cattle at feedlots due to the interactions of animals from various locations, most feedlots pay a premium for cattle who have already been vaccinated with vaccines such as Bovilis to prevent respiratory disease to save them time and money vaccinating cattle on arrival.

• Other cattle diseases that can be prevented by individual vaccines are E. Coli, salmonella, bovine ephemeral fever, anthrax and tick fever.

• All cattle vaccinations should be given into the shoulder muscle using a clean sharp needle. It is important to change the needle regularly and not use any disinfectant or alcohol for sterilizing as this may prevent the vaccine from being effective.

2007 - Australia - NSW DPI - Dr Sarah Robson
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