2014-09-17   facebooktwitterrss

Herd Health with a Single Injection to Prevent BVD and IBR

Having a herd health plan in place that is regularly updated gives us peace of mind, saves time and money, reports Co Down milk producer Andrew Young.

“We work closely with Joy Crawford in Lisburn Veterinary Clinic to reduce the risk of diseases impacting on the performance and profit levels of our 200 strong herd. In our herd, we vaccinate against BVD, IBR and Leptospirosis.

On the advice of Joy Crawford, Lisburn Veterinary Clinic, Ravarnet milk producer Andrew Young, centre, protects herd health with an autumn injection of IBRmlive and BVD vaccines mixed in the same syringe. Ian Graham, MSD Animal Health, noting that being able to mix these vaccines in the same syringe saves time and reduces stress on stock.

On the advice of Joy Crawford, Lisburn Veterinary Clinic, Ravarnet milk producer Andrew Young, centre, protects herd health with an autumn injection of IBRmlive and BVD vaccines mixed in the same syringe. Ian Graham, MSD Animal Health, noting that being able to mix these vaccines in the same syringe saves time and reduces stress on stock.

“A key part of that co-operation is assessing on going threats to herd health and changing the plan when needed or, as happened last autumn, finding an easier, less time consuming way to vaccinate stock.

“As suggested by Joy we saved a lot of work by giving Bovilis IBR Marker Live and Bovilis BVD vaccines together in the same syringe. Cows were not being injected twice, this saved time and also reduced the need stress of injecting cows twice.

“Then last spring our stock were further protected with an annual booster of Leptavoid H and an intramuscular injection of Bovilis IBR Marker Live vaccines. As a result we have had no major problems with a herd well protected from diseases that can often eat away at profits for long periods before being detected.”

A point emphasised by Lisburn vet Joy Crawford, who says IBR is a highly contagious viral disease with often vague symptoms. “Sometimes the only sign of infection is a general sickness including coughing and nasal discharge in heifers that have recently joined the herd, but a severe outbreak of IBR can reduce annual milk yield by over 170 litres. IBR outbreaks are often associated with stress and are often seen in heifers in their first lactation or in recently purchased cows.

Outbreaks in dairy herds are most commonly seen around housing and calving. In beef herds, IBR is one of the main causes of respiratory disease especially in weanlings or in cattle that are recently housed. Outbreaks of IBR can cause high mortality or a reduction in liveweight gain that can delay beef cattle finishing by a month.

“The BVD voluntary eradication scheme, of which Andrew is a participant, has dramatically increased awareness of the damage this disease can do. With turnout and housing two hectic times of the year being able to vaccinate against both BVD and IBR with a single shot is a very practical step forward.”

With Leptospirosis another insidious threat to farm income Andrew Young has again taken his vet’s advice and uses Leptavoid-H each spring.

“This is the only vaccine licensed in the UK to protect cattle against both strains of Leptospirosis and with cows calving virtually year round we cannot afford to drop our guard,” Andrew added.

“Above all, making time to work with our local veterinary practice to ensure our herd health plan is kept up to date is time very well spent.”

MSD

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