New Zealand

Protect against BVD

 

BVD (bovine viral diarrhoea) is one of the most common and costly diseases in New Zealand cattle. 

In New Zealand, about 15%-20% of dairy herds and 65% of beef herds are infected with BVD virus. Around 80% of New Zealand dairy and beef herds have had exposure to BVD virus at some point in time.

BVD has been shown to cause scouring and ill thrift in young cattle. In adult cattle, BVD is associated with reproductive losses, reduced milk production and elevated milk somatic cell count.

The effects of BVD virus on fertility and on the unborn calf are profound, including low in calf rates, abortion, stillbirths, birth of “dummy calves” and the birth of persistently infected (PI) carriers of BVD virus. PI cattle are responsible for the maintenance of BVD virus infections and managing PIs is critical to BVD control. 

Ultravac BVD. Proven in New Zealand against 8 diverse New Zealand BVD strains1. It’s a versatile vaccine that can be administered as a subcutaneous injection to:
  • calves from 3 months of age
  • both infected and non-infected cows
  • cows of all classes including breeding and pregnant cows.

Ultravac BVD has a flexible primary vaccination course and a unique in use shelf life of 30 days.

1. Zoetis data on file 2013.

CONTROLLING BOVINE VIRAL DIARRHOEA (BVD)

Control of BVD has never been simpler. Thanks to new lab tests and effective BVD vaccination, BVD programmes can be easily set up to control and eradicate BVD on your farm.

TOOLS TO CONTROL BVD INCLUDE:

Testing and culling to:

  • Determine your herd’s current BVD disease status
  • Identify PI cattle for culling
  • Diagnose and correct a breakdown in control early, to minimise any harm

BIOSECURITY

It is essential to protect your herd from the introduction of the virus. Measures include:

  • Testing all new stock coming onto the farm, e.g. service bulls and herd replacements
  • Improving fencing where necessary to prevent introduction from neighbouring cattle

VACCINATION

Biosecurity without vaccination can be difficult and costly to achieve. Vaccination with Ultravac® BVD offers reliable insurance against PI’s and BVD losses.

Vaccination with Ultravac BVD is recommended to:

  • Prevent disease in young stock, calves are generally vaccinated from 3 months of age
  • Protect breeding stock by annual revaccination
  • Prevent foetal infection and the birth of PI’s (Persistently Infected or carrier calves)

PRODUCT INFORMATION

FEATURES:

  • Clinically proven efficacy in New Zealand against New Zealand BVD virus
  • Convenient plastic pack sizes to suit all herd sizes
  • Cow friendly and user friendly subcutaneous injection
  • Unique in use shelf life of 30 days
  • Flexible primary vaccination course

ADMINISTRATION:

  • For subcutaneous injection
  • Two initial doses, minimum of 4 weeks and up to 6 months apart
  • Single annual booster dose, recommended 2-4 weeks before mating
  • Dose: Cattle 2mL

WITH-HOLDING PERIODS

  • Nil with-holding period with meat and milk

PACK SIZES

  • 100ml (50 doses) & 250mL (125 doses) pillow packs

STORAGE

  • Store between 2°C and 8°C. Refrigerate. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from light. In use shelf life 30 days after opening.

80% OF CALVES HAVE NO MDA BY 7 WEEKS.

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