Reminder to vaccinate herd for BEF
CATTLE producers are reminded to protect their herds from bovine ephemeral fever.
Also known as threeday sickness, the disease is transmitted by insect bites, including those from mosquitoes.
Summer heat creates prime conditions for the insects.
Gayndah veterinarian DrNathan Hitchcock said vaccinating cattle could save thousands of dollars in the long term.
“You only have to lose one animalworth $1000 to pay for $1000 of vaccine,” Dr Hitchcock said.
The disease is a particular concern in valuable cattle and could cost the industry millions of dollars a year.
Dr Hitchcock said North Burnett cattle owners often vaccinated bulls before they went on sale.
Infected animals lose weight while sick, which can impact profitability of cattle enterprises.
“You’re losing about a month,” Dr Hitchcock said.
Pfizer Veterinary Medicine Research and deve- lopment senior principal scientist Dr Georgia Deliyannis said vaccination was the only method of preventing the disease.
“The research indicates there has been no significant change to the virus in Australia in over 30 years and the current vaccine was shown to be effective across a range of viruses collected in the field,” she said.
She said producers should speak to their veterinarian for an appropriate vaccination plan. ■ If you have experienced BEF losses, email firstname.lastname@example.org.