Typical Dosing and Vaccination Requirement Pre-Housing

At autumn time, farmers are considering what to dose and vaccinate stock with around housing. This decision should be done in conjunction with a vet. They will set you in the right direction regarding any tests that could be carried out within your herd to establish exposure to particular diseases.

With regard to Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis  (IBR), if you have been having a lot of respiratory issues, don’t ignore it – investigate and act. Many suckler herds are testing a sample of their cows to try and establish the herd’s IBR status, and take action accordingly.

If IBR is identified, your vet will recommend the best course of action. For farmers who buy in stock from herds with unknown disease status, best practice seems to be to
vaccinate all stock for IBR.

Housing, even with all of the latest management practices, will heighten stress levels in stock, making them more susceptible to picking up disease from carriers within the farm. This seems to be very much the case when it comes to respiratory diseases such as IBR, RSV and PI3.

Many suckler farmers also vaccinate in-calf cows to prevent calf scours. It should be considered, if scours have been a problem. Other common diseases vaccinated for include leptospirosis and salmonella.

Parasite control advice should also be sought from your vet. Suckler cows often go un-dosed, with some dosing first calvers at drying, and not the mature cows. If in doubt, get your vet to take samples and establish your herd’s parasite burden, and the necessary control measures.

Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s full recommendations when using doses and
vaccines. Another important factor to bear in mind is to ensure that sheds are disinfected to avoid carryover of bugs from the previous winter.