STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Step 1: Stud breeders check individual bulls / cows are not a Pestivirus (BVDV) PI. Commercial breeders should ensure there are no PI cattle in their mobs.
Step 2: Vaccinate with Pestigard®
Step 3: Vaccinate with Ultravac® 7in1
Step 4: Vaccinate with Vibrovax®
Step 5: Ensure two doses have been given to establish immunity
Step 6: Complete your details online. Record any additional testing or programs conducted. Receive your STAR BREEDER certificate.
Pestivirus (BVDV) can cause major reproductive losses and considerable economic impact on breeding herds. Ensure the bulls and females you are presenting for sale are not Persistently Infected (PI) with pestivirus. If a PI enters a naive herd, there is the potential for this infected animal to spread pestivirus causing major reproductive losses. Test your individual animal for persistent infection with pestivirus. This can be done on a sample of blood, skin or hair root. Consult your veterinarian.
Once determined to be free of pestivirus, vaccinate with Pestigard® to protect your bulls or females from the effects of pestivirus.
Clostridial diseases result in sudden death and are endemic in Australia. Leptospirosis can cause reproductive losses and is a major WH&S risk. Vaccination with Ultravac® 7in1 not only protects your herd but also you, your family, your workers and your veterinarian. Stop leptospirosis before it starts. Ultravac® 7in1 protects your cattle against clostridial disease and leptospirosis. Vaccinate your sale stock to protect them from the major clostridial diseases and to stop them spreading leptospirosis to other herds and cattle handlers.
Vibriosis is a sexually transmitted bovine disease which impacts on breeding performance. Bulls spread this disease during mating resulting in reduced female fertility. Vibrovax® prevents bulls from spreading this disease. Prior to sale, vaccinate your bulls to limit the chance that they will spread vibriosis to other herds. Protection is best before conception.
It takes two. Vaccination programs require 2 shots to establish immunity.
- 1st shot : priming dose for the body's defence against a bacteria or virus
- 2nd shot : immunity is established 2 weeks after the second injection
|1st Shot||2nd Shot|
|Vaccination||6-8 weeks pre-joining or pre-sale||2-4 weeks pre-joining or pre-sale||Annual Booster|
|Test and confirm bull / female is not a PI||Pestigard®|
Pestigard®: The time interval between the 1st and 2nd dose should not be less than 4 weeks. However, to fit in with farm management practices, the interval between the 1st and 2nd dose can be extended to 6 months. The 2nd dose of Pestigard® must be administered at least 2-4 weeks prior to joining. Immunity is expected to develop within 2 weeks of the second vaccination. Pestigard® and Ultravac® 7in1 can be used for up to 30 days after opening provided correct storage instructions as per the product label. Vibrovax® can be used for up to 24 hours after opening provided correct storage instructions as per the product label.
Once your bulls and females are fully vaccinated, register to complete your details and statutory declarations that your animals have been treated as per the STAR BREEDER program. An animal is eligible for registration at any time within 12 months after the second vaccination. Please note that you will need to record vaccine batch numbers and expiry dates so please retain or record these details that are contained on the packaging. After registration, you will then receive a STAR BREEDER certificate for your stock, valid for 12 months from the date of the second vaccination. If it is more than 12 months since the second vaccination, an annual booster must be administered for the animal to be eligible for registration.
New Cattle Registration
This is your buyer’s quality assurance that you have taken all the currently available steps to protect your animals against introducing these reproductive diseases into their herds. It also ensures that your bulls are protected against these diseases which may impact their own performance.