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“We lost 10 calves one year. We have lost none since”

18 January 2022


There are many benefits to beginning IBR calf vaccination early in life. Research has shown that in the first two months of life, dairy calves that are successfully treated for a single case of Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) produce 4% less milk in their first lactation and 8% less in their second lactation. Both clinical and subclinical disease can cause a reduction in daily live weight gain in both beef and dairy calves. Therefore reducing the incidence of bovine respiratory disease makes economic sense.

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2021 spring born calves that are 3 months of age or older can receive a 2ml shot into the muscle. These calves then receive their booster shot 6 months later. An annual booster shot can then be administered to these cattle every 12 months using Bovilis® IBR Marker Live thereafter. Farmers should talk to their veterinary practitioner for advice on the best IBR vaccination programme for their herd.

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Figure 1: The Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme – Sucklers for 2020. The scheme is the same for 2021.

For more information, visit the BEEP-S page.


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