BHC Newsletter Spring FINAL

VACCINATION YEAR PLANNER FOR SPRING CALVING SUCKLER HERDS

When vaccinating animals, stress should be avoided, particularly during pregnancy. It is important not to perform several stressful procedures (moving pens, transportation, dehorning, etc.) at the same time. Do not use vaccines in sick animals. As a rule of thumb, don’t give another vaccine two weeks either side of the date of vaccination, unless manufacturer’s guidelines state otherwise. Most vaccines are given to protect the animal that receive them, but some vaccines given during later pregnancy, e.g. scour vaccines, protect the calf through antibodies they receive through colostrum and milk. It is important to ensure the calf receives colostrum from the vaccinated cow within two hours of birth and continues to receive milk from a vaccinated cow for the first month of life to provide ongoing protection. Bought-in animals should be quarantined. Where possible, their vaccination status should be ascertained from the previous owner. Animals should be vaccinated with any vaccines used on the purchaser’s farm prior to introduction to the main herd. Animals should be quarantined until 2 weeks after the vaccination course(s) is complete. Always include the bull when vaccinating breeding animals. Non-breeding animals should be included in most vaccination programmes, both to protect themselves against the disease and to prevent circulation of the disease- causing agent in part of the herd. It may not be necessary or viable to include them in all programmes but this should be discussed with your vet. Generally non-breeding animals should be given vaccines at the same time as the rest of the herd. The table below lists vaccines that are commonly used in in different age groups in beef suckler herds and suggests times of year when these should be given. The final selection and timing of vaccines to be given in a particular herd should be done in discussion with the farmer’s veterinary practitioner. Note that for some vaccines two doses are required to complete the primary course. All vaccination courses should be completed in advance of recognised risk periods.

See the animal health Ireland website for leaflets from the Biosecurity Technical Working Group:

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