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Cattle Vaccinations



This vaccine immunises cattle against leptospirosis, and prevents shedding of leptospires in the cow’s urine which subsequently prevents infection in humans. Calves at high risk of exposure should be vaccinated twice 4-6weeks apart before they are 6months old. They then require a 3rd booster injection at 6 months of age due to the possibility of maternal antibodies interfering with the initial 2 injections. Calves over 6months old need two vaccinations, 4-6weeks apart. ALL stock should then be vaccinated annually in autumn (March/April/May), before the winter risk period.

Ultravac 5-in-1

The 5 in 1 vaccine includes five clostridia serotypes which protect against Tetanus, Blackleg, Blacks Disease, Malignant Oedema and Enterotoxaemia. This vaccine should be given to calves at 6-8 weeks of age, then a booster given 4-6 weeks later. Annual boosters should be performed to maintain an adequate level of protection.

Ultravac 7-in-1

This vaccine protects against the five main clostridial diseases, as well as the two main leptospirosis serotypes: L. pomona and L. hardjobovis.. As with leptavoid, calves need 2 vaccinations 4-6 weeks apart, and all stock should then be vaccinated annually in Autumn.

Salvexin B

This vaccine protects against Salmonella. With the high rate of Salmonella infections occurring recently here in the South Waikato, we strongly recommend you vaccinate your calves and herd. See the Salmonella tab under ‘Dairy Resources’ for more information. Unvaccinated cows should be given their first vaccine, then boosted 4 weeks later and then annually. In previously vaccinated cattle, it is recommended that a booster vaccination be given 3-4 weeks before calving to allow protection of newborn calves via colostrum. If calves have received colostrum from vaccinated cows, their first vaccination should not be until they are 8 weeks old. Otherwise calves can be vaccinated at any age. A booster vaccination 4 weeks later is required to ensure adequate immunity.

Rotovec Corona

Pregnant cows are vaccinated to provide protection to calves via colostrum against E.coli, Rotavirus and Coronavirus scours. Cows are given one injection about 3-4 weeks pre-calving.

Bovilis BVD

This vaccine should be given to cows from 4 months age and over. It protects against the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea virus in both cows and their foetus. Cows should be given two vaccinations 4 weeks apart initially, then annual boosters approximately 4 weeks before mating.


In calves, this vaccine helps to control respiratory conditions produced by IBR virus (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis), PI-3 virus (Parainfluenza-3) and the BVD virus (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea). In cows, it controls reproductive conditions produced by IBR/IPV virus (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis/Infectious Pustular Vulvovaginitis), as well as the BVD virus. These conditions may be seen as return to heat, abortions or embryo resorption. Initial vaccination of calves should be done at 4months of age or older. A booster is required 3 weeks later. Unvaccinated cattle and heifers also require a booster 3 weeks after the initial injection and one month before mating. Boosters should then be done annually, one month before mating.


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