Pfizer offers new cattle vaccination option

Producers have a new vaccination management option with the introduction of a 5-dose vial for Bovi-Shield Gold FP 5 L5 HB. Pfizer Animal Health now offers the vaccine in convenient 5-, 10- and 50-dose vials.

Bovi-Shield Gold FP 5 L5 HB helps provide superior protection against five major viral pathogens: IBR, PI3, BRSV, and BVD Types 1 and 2, and prevents Lepto hardjo-bovis.

“It is important for each producer to work with his or her veterinarian to develop an individualized vaccination program that protects cattle from Lepto hardjo-bovis and other important reproductive diseases,” says Glenn Rogers, DVM, MS, DABVP, Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health. “The new 5-dose option gives producers expanded flexibility within their vaccination programs.”

Bovi-Shield Gold FP 5 L5 HB offers an unmatched duration of immunity, with at least 365 days of protection from IBR abortions; BVD Types 1 and 2 persistent infection; and Lepto hardjo-bovis infection, urinary shedding and kidney colonization. It also offers producers convenience and flexibility since it can be administered either intramuscularly or subcutaneously.

Lepto hardjo-bovis is the most prevalent strain of Leptospira in U.S. cow herds. A study found 42 percent of beef herds were infected. What’s more, a previously reported study also suggested 59 percent of U.S. dairy herds may be infected with Leptospira.

In both beef and dairy cattle, this disease may cause poor reproductive performance, early embryonic death, delayed breeding, abortions, weak or stillborn calves, and unexplained infertility.

“Without an effective vaccination program in place, Lepto hardjo-bovis can be a destructive problem that can go undetected and harm a herd’s reproductive health and efficiency,” Dr. Rogers adds. “That’s why producers should implement a vaccination protocol that not only prevents Lepto hardjo-bovis and helps protect an operation’s reproductive investment, but also is convenient and fits the needs of their specific operations. The addition of a 5-dose vial option for Bovi-Shield Gold FP 5 L5 HB provides just that.”

For more information on Bovi-Shield Gold FP 5 L5 HB, producers should contact their local veterinarian, animal health supplier or Pfizer Animal Health representative.

For information about Pfizer and the company’s products visit http://www.pfizerah.com/.

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