Farm Ireland

Thursday 23 November 2017

Vaccination offers the best protection in battle with Lepto

Peadar O Scanaill

The dairy herd is at its most productive at this time of year yet, thankfully, most diseases are at their weakest.

That's why now is a good time to do your homework and keep cows, heifer calfs and their yearling sisters at maximum performance.

Spring calving cows should be in the middle of their breeding season.

But, ideally, they should be vaccinated before any breeding programme starts to protect against diseases that may affect fertility.

IBR, BVD and Leptospirosis are three common diseases that can cause poor fertility, early embryonic death and abortion.

Therefore, cows should be boosted now to provide the best chance of avoiding disease during the high-risk period.

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