Single-dose vials available for early life calf pneumonia vaccine

The early life intranasal calf pneumonia vaccine from MSD Animal Health is now available in single dose vials, giving users greater practical flexibility in vaccinating individual animals as and when needed.

The early life intranasal calf pneumonia vaccine from MSD Animal Health is now available in single dose vials, giving users greater practical flexibility in vaccinating individual animals as and when needed.

BOVILIS Intranasal RSP Live can be administered to calves from as young as one week of age and reduces the clinical signs of respiratory disease and viral shedding from infection with Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV) and Parainfluenza-3 Virus (Pi3V).

No other UK-licensed BRD vaccine can be administered earlier in life. The vaccine also delivers the fastest on-farm protection, with an onset of immunity after administration of just five days for BRSV and seven days for Pi3V, MSD says.

Duration of immunity is 12 weeks for both viruses.

MSD livestock veterinary adviser Dr Kat Baxter-Smith says: “Having this early life calf pneumonia vaccine available in single dose vials will give farmers more practical leeway to be able to vaccinate vulnerable young calves from as young as a week of age, rather than delaying administration until a batch of calves are available.

“We know that early-age protection of young calves through intranasal vaccination can help prevent pneumonia and positively impact a beef or dairy calf’s productive future.”

The new single dose vials are supplied in packs of five, complementing the five dose vials already available. Farmers interested in this new early life calf pneumonia vaccine should contact their vet for further information.

 

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