Know which viral pneumonia you are dealing with in the herd
VirAL pneumonia is the biggest single problem in young beef stock once they've moved beyond four to six weeks of age.
Viral pneumonia can affect young and old, and can have devastating losses on any single farm. Three main viruses are found in any pneumonia outbreak, namely:
1. IBR (Infectious Rhino-tracheitis)
2. RSV (Rhino Syncithial Virus)
3. PI3 (Para-influenza type 3 virus)
Stress plays an important role in the onset and spread of these diseases. Good vaccines are available to give excellent protection against an outbreak, but care should be taken at all times to minimise the spread.
IBR requires some special attention in the case of pedigree beef herds. This is because pedigree breeders will wish to sell their stock as breeding animals, and may have young offspring going forward to the performance testing stations.
Blood tests will be taken on those animals to check for IBR status. Any evidence of IBR in those blood tests could exclude the animal for sale, or for export to Northern Ireland or Britain. It will also prevent their entry to the performance test stations as an IBR outbreak will cause such stations to close.