There are many important diseases of cattle that can be prevented by vaccination. We are able to work out a vaccination program for individual farms to help prevent these diseases. Below are just some of the vaccine programs available.

Clostridial bacteria cause a variety of diseases that are generally fatal. Youngstock is particularly at risk and we recommend starting vaccination at 6 weeks of age.

Leptospirosis infection can cause abortions, sick calves and cows, and occasionally death. However, one of the biggest concerns with Lepto is that it is a zoonotic disease which means that cows can pass it on to humans. We recommend starting the vaccination program at 6 weeks of age.

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is a viral disease that has different effects on animals depending on their life stage at the time of infection. Clinical BVD can be prevented by starting a vaccination programme from 4 months of age. Bulls used for breeding are best vaccinated before joining the herd.

Rotavirus is a serious disease in young calves causing diarrhoea that often results in death. Vaccination of cows and heifers help to reduce the rate and severity of infection.

Pinkeye is a painful disease of the eye that is also highly contagious and sometimes ends up being an outbreak situation. Vaccination for pink eye can help control the severity and number of animals affected.

Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus causes an irritating nasal discharge in cattle that can become a problem over time or in young stock. Animals can be vaccinated from 4 months of age.

Salmonella is a bacterial infection that can also affect humans. It is extremely hardy and can exist in the environment for long periods of time. It is mostly seen in cows with symptoms presenting as; diarrhoea, lethargy, and a decrease in production. 
Animals should have two initial doses of vaccine, 3-4 weeks apart, followed by an annual booster.

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Kaipara Farm Vets

Kaipara Farm Vets and Rural Solutions is a locally owned business aiming to provide large animal veterinary services and support to our farming community.