Coopers Piliguard Pinkeye Vaccine is a unique new vaccine to the Australian market - the first commercially available Pinkeye vaccine for cattle in Australia.
A number of micro-organisms can contribute to the establishment of Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), Cattle Pinkeye, or Blight. These may be viral or bacterial (including Mycoplasma spp). The primary infectious agent involved in pinkeye is the bacterium Moraxella bovis, which is carried in the nasal and ocular (eye) secretions of carrier animals. M. bovis attaches to the surface of the eye using pili and damages it by producing toxins and haemolysins which erode the cornea and cause ulceration and severe inflammation. Flies play an important role in physically transferring the infective organism from infected to naive non-infected stock.
Pinkeye is considered to be an economically important disease throughout Australia. A recent Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) report estimates that the disease costs Australian beef farmers $23.5 million annually in lost production and treatment costs.
Coopers PILIGUARD Pinkeye Vaccine
Pinkeye is estimated to cost Australian beef producers over $23 million in lost production and treatment costs annually 1. The real cost of pinkeye can be much greater because cattle that have been affected by pinkeye have a far greater chance of being downgraded and rejected at sale time. This reduced market access is critical to producers.
Animals that are showing signs of pinkeye infection or scarring can be:
Production Losses: Pinkeye prevalence may vary on individual farms from year to year. One of the greatest challenges of pinkeye is the significant impact on farm productivity.
Productivity losses can include:
All stock under 2 years old are highly susceptible to pinkeye. These are also your most valuable animals into the future and should be protected from pinkeye.
Meat and Livestock Australia (2006). Assessing the economic cost of endemic disease on the profitability of Australian beef cattle and sheep producers, MLA Final Report.References
Historically in Australia, prevention of pinkeye has centred on management factors to limit fly numbers and to limit the exposure of susceptible cattle to dusty conditions and infected animals. With the introduction of Piliguard these husbandry factors are still important but the cattle producer has another weapon in the fight against pinkeye
Vaccinate animals with Piliguard 3-6 weeks before the onset of the pinkeye season
Use other management tools to control the spread of pinkeye in your herd: