“Game changing” impact of Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live

County Wexford dairy farmer describes Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live as a “game changer” for the health of his calves

Dermot Kehoe milks a 90-strong (mostly Holstein Friesian) herd with his wife Angela on their farm outside New Ross.

The Kehoes also keep replacement heifers and 12 Aubrac cows. “We use the Aubrac bulls on the dairy herd to clean up the cows,” said Dermot. “Angela also shows the Aubracs at the Tullamore Show, where they’ve done very well over the past few years.”

“So we had samples taken by our vet, Pádraig Harris, and the subsequent test results revealed that some of the calves had PI3 (Parainfluenza-3).

Dermot continued: “Things would be fine for up to a month but then we’d started to notice issues with the older calves, which in turn would go through the whole ‘house’ in a matter of days.”  

Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) is a complex, multifactorial disease and early detection can be difficult due to the inconsistency or absence of clinical signs.

Damage to the lungs and respiratory tract can have long-term impacts on productivity. These include lower milk yield in the first lactation and longer fattening periods for beef cattle. This is why Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live has proven such an important tool in BRD control.

Dermot Kehoe mixing Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live vaccine prior to administration.
Dermot Kehoe mixing the vaccine prior to administration.
Dermot’s experience with Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live

In 2022, taking on board the advice provided by his vet, Dermot introduced Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live to his herd – and he hasn’t looked back since.

Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live is licensed for the active immunisation of calves from the day of birth to reduce the clinical signs of respiratory disease and viral shedding from infection with Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and PI3

As a once-off intranasal application. It provides protective immunity in six days against RSV and seven days against PI3.

“We’ve about 20% calved so far – all Friesian heifers to date – and everything is going well, thankfully.

“I also use Bovilis ® INtranasal RSPTM Live on the Aubrac calves and there’s been no issue with high temperatures or pneumonia amongst them. I also vaccinate the cows with Bovilis Rotavec Corona 12 to 3 weeks before they calve. This also protects the calf against calf scour. All complement each other and have given us additional peace of mind when it comes to our busier periods of the year.”

Dermot Kehoe concluded: “As part of any welfare plan during calving. I would recommend  Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live given the positive difference it has made to the overall health of the calves being produced by our herd.”  

To find out more, talk to your vet about Bovilis ® INtranasal RSPTM Live or visit Bovilis INtranasal RSP Live