Lambs worth protecting against clostridia and pasteurella

Lambs worth protecting against clostridia and pasteurella

Monday, June 8, 2009

With lamb prices remaining firm, sheep producers should consider vaccinating finishing lambs against pasteurellosis and the main clostridial diseases, like pulpy kidney, braxy, blackleg and tetanus.

"Lambs that receive a good intake of colostrum only have antibodies against pasteurella for up to 3-4 weeks and clostridia for up to 12 weeks," says Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health livestock vet adviser Rosemary Booth. "This means that some early season lambs are now unprotected and at real risk from these prevalent disease threats unless they are vaccinated themselves.

"A vaccine, such as Ovivac-P, can be used from three weeks of age and the primary course involves two vaccinations 4-6 weeks apart," she adds.

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