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Pneumonia in cattle

Published 28th April 2015 | Article by Megan Thomas
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Pneumonia in cattle

Based on information from – Vet Record (2015) 176, p434

A study of reports of apparent failure of vaccine efficacy showed:-

  • Reports were uncommon, affecting 1.6% of vaccinated cattle
  • 47% of outbreaks were either before the vaccine had time to take effect or had not being used as per the directions
  • The disease breakdowns were usually due to a pathogen NOT in the vaccine
  • Pasteurella multocida was a common case of disease breakdowns in correctly vaccinated cattle

Note:

Graham vaccinated his suckled calves prior to autumn housing and this has prevented the severe disease seen previously.

Remember that stocking density, stress, ventilation, nutrition & source of cattle also greatly affect the likelihood of pneumonia out breaks.


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