Vaccination Programme: Beef Cattle
This vaccination programme is a guidelines only. Please discuss a tailor-made programme for your farm with one of our veterinarians.
|Anthrax||3 – 6 months, annually thereafter [legally compulsory]|
|Botulism||3 – 6 months [two vaccinations] and annually thereafter|
|Quarter Evil/Black quarter||3 – 6 months [two vaccinations], annually thereafter up to 3 years of age|
|Brucellosis (Contagious abortion)||heifers 4 - 8 months [legally compulsory]|
|Redwater||calves 4 – 6 months|
|Gallsickness||calves 4 – 6 months|
|Rift Valley Fever||calves 6 months, cows & bulls annually|
ONLY necessary on problem-farms
|Vibrio||annually, one month prior to mating [heifers - 2 vaccinations one month apart]|
|Pasteurella||annually at any age|
|Paratyphoid||calves 2 – 3 weeks|
|E.coli||vaccinate pregnant cows before calving|
|Heartwater||calves preferably prior to 6 weeks of age|
|BVD en IBR|
- Wesselsbron Disease
- Lumpy Skin Disease
- 3 Day Stiffness Sickness [calves at 6 months and annually thereafter]
Dose at 6 weeks against Tapeworm with Niclosamide or a Benzimidasole. Thereafter a Benzimidasole may be used to dose calves up to 7 months of age every 4 – 8 weeks [depending on the type of pasture & the rainfall]. Dose again at 12 months and thereafter at 18 months. An Ivermectin eg. Dectomax can be used as a substitute for Benzimidasole.
Cattle over the age of 20 months and which are healthy, should be able to build up immunity against internal parasites. Dosing of mature cattle is thus usually unnecessary unless they have been under stress as a result of disease, drought or a difficult calving.
Supply a mineral-lick containing the necessary trace elements such as copper, cobalt, selenium, zinc and manganese at all times. Should the intake via the lick-system be inadequate, dose or inject trace elements with eg. Multimin.
Dose or inject Vitamin A every 3 months. This is important especially in pre-calving and pre-mating.
A high calving percentage is the key to success in any beef cattle farming business and a veterinarian should be consulted to assist the farmer in achieving this goal.