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Single Injection for BVD and IBR Control

A change in the licence means these two vaccines for BVD and IBR can be given in the one syringe saving time and stress, but many farmers across the UK are not aware of this recent change.

Controlling infectious diseases is important to any dairy farmer, but it is often a struggle to find time to do this. Not least for busy Co Down dairy farmer Stuart Simpson, who milks 160 cows at Hillhall near Lisburn with his father Walter.

Lisburn vet Joy Crawford advised dairy farmer Stuart Simpson to vaccinate dairy cows with Bovilis IBR marker live and Bovilis BVD together, mixed in one syringe.

Lisburn vet Joy Crawford advised dairy farmer Stuart Simpson to vaccinate dairy cows with Bovilis IBR marker live and Bovilis BVD together, mixed in one syringe.

A large proportion of their herd is autumn calving with the breeding season getting underway in mid-November. Stuart carries out all the A.I. on farm and uses individual ‘Heatime’ collars to help detect cows that are in heat. Being able to A.I. at the most appropriate time has certainly contributed towards the herd’s improved fertility.

Joy Crawford at Lisburn Veterinary Clinic carries out all of our cow fertility work including scanning for early pregnancy, checking problem cows and doing pre-breeding checks where required,” explained Stuart.

Joy commenting that, “Nutrition, fertility and infectious disease are all important focuses on farm and the impact of one on the other cannot be overlooked.”

Stuart and Joy have devised a herd vaccination protocol over the past number of years, which prevents highly prevalent diseases in Northern Ireland such as IBR and BVD from having a devastating impact on herd fertility.

IBR vaccination with Bovilis IBR marker live is carried out every 6 months in spring and autumn. Bovilis BVD is always given before the start of the breeding season to protect the herd against BVD and to help prevent the birth of BVD persistently infected calves.

 

Taking Joy’s advice Stuart has now amended the herd vaccination programme and vaccinates his cows with Bovilis IBR marker live and Bovilis BVD together, mixed in one syringe.

“The new licence allowing farmers to mix these 2 vaccines in one syringe makes herd vaccinations a lot simpler,’” explained Joy. “In Stuart’s case he has 160 cows vaccinated on the same day for BVD and IBR control, but now with just one injection which reduces labour for Stuart and, equally importantly, reduces stress on the cows.”

Bovilis BVD and Bovilis IBR marker live can now be mixed and used as one injection for booster injections. Further information on Bovilis BVD or Bovilis IBR marker live should be sought from your veterinary practice.

MSD

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