Zoetis helps fight the unseen enemy in calf rearing

Kevin and Stephen Greenaway, Portadown chat to Frank McCrystal, Zoetis on the Zoetis stand at the Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Kevin and Stephen Greenaway, Portadown chat to Frank McCrystal, Zoetis on the Zoetis stand at the Winter Fair. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
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Calving heifers at 24 months of age was one of the main topics under discussion on the Zoetis stand at the Winter Fair.

To achieve this target farmers need to maximise growth in the very early stages of life when feed conversion is very high, but often this opportunity is missed. One of the culprits can be pre-weaning pneumonia and to add to the problem the disease may be subclinical and thus not evident to the farmer. The result is lack of thrive and failure to meet liveweight targets at bulling.

Aurelie Moralis, Area Veterinary Manager with Zoetis told visitors to the stand: “By vaccinating a group of calves against viral pneumonia it will not only increase the individual calf’s immunity, but will also reduce the amount of virus being shed into the building. This will decrease overall challenge levels and reduce the risk of a pneumonia outbreak.”

She added: “Rispoval® IntraNasal can be used from nine days of age. It has a 12 week duration and ensures cover over the critical pre-weaning period when disease can impact on growth rates, age at first calving and subsequent milk yields.”

Aurelie reports that Zoetis staff also dealt with a number of queries on mastitis infections at the Winter Fair. Farmers were keen to discuss the use of Orbeseal teat sealant in order to protect cows from picking up new infections during the dry period. The dry period represents a significant risk, with up to 70% of all new intramammary infections acquired during this period.

For more information Aurelie can be contacted on: 075 5707 6104.