VACCINATIONS


WE STOCK ALL VACCINATIONS TO KEEP YOUR LIVESTOCK PROTECTED. 

 
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WHY VACCINATE?

Livestock are vaccinated to protect against some of the common serious diseases.  Vaccination stimulates the body's defence system to build up an immunity to a particular disease by exposing the animal to the live organism in a safe form eg (scabby mouth or anthrax) or to a killed or inactivated organism (eg the clostridial vaccines)


 

DISEASES INCLUDED IN VACCINATION PROGRAM


Annual Vaccinations

Vaccinations in an annual program require an initial dose in the first year followed by a boster dose 4 - 6 weeks later to provide maximum protection.

Clostridial (5 in 1) Vaccinations 

Clostridial diseases (Pulpy Kidney, Tetanus, Blackleg, Black disease, Malignant Iedema and swelled head) can all be prevented by vaccination.  These are "killed" vaccines but must be handled with care to avoid contamination.  Vaccines are available as a 5 in 1 which protects against all 5 diseases.

 

Caselous Lymphadebitis (Cheesy Gland or CLA)

This "killed" vaccine is only available combined with a Clostridial vaccine.  Vaccines available are either 6 in 1 (CLA + 5-in-1) or 3-in-1 (CLA plus Pulpy Kidney and Tetanus)


 

Once Only Vaccinatons

Scabby Mouth Vaccine

A single vaccination is protective for life.  Lambs can be vaccinated from 2 days of age and are protected by about 2 weeks after vaccination. It is normally only used in flocks where Scaby Mouth is a known problem. If a problem exsits, it is advised to vaccinate the entire flock.

 

Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD)

OJD can cause serious mortalities.  Infected sheep shed large quantities of bacteria via their dung, which then contaminates pasture and infects other sheep. A vaccine called Gudair is used against this disease.Gudair is a killed vaccine. When a single does is given to a lambs under 16 weeks of age, mortalities and shedding are reduced by around 90%.  The vaccine is only effecvtive if given to the animal before the animal is exposed to the bacteria.