Zoetis is now offering beef producers who want to maximize their herd’s reproductive potential with modified-live virus (MLV) vaccines the Fetal Protection Gaurantee.
“The fetus relies on the dam’s immune system for disease protection throughout most of the pregnancy,” Jon Seeger, DVM, managing veterinarian with Zoetis, said in a news release. “Without protection, the fetus is at risk of abortion due to infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR) virus, as well as, birth defects or potentially becoming persistently infected (PI) with the bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) virus that can then shed and continue to infect the rest of the herd.”
The Fetal Protection Guarantee can give producers peace of mind that their herd is protected from reproductive diseases when the vaccines are used properly. With the Bovi-Shield Gold FP, Cattlemaster Gold FP and Pregguard Gold FP vaccine products, the guarantee can assure producers that no BVD virus PI calves will be born. Cows will also be protected from IBR virus abortions, when the products are used following label directions, according to the news release.
“The importance of protecting the fetus can’t be emphasized enough, as a successful pregnancy and birth of a healthy calf is essential to the beef cattle industry and livelihood of the producer,” Seeger said in the release.
Seeger warns that not all reproductive vaccines offer equal protection.
“Some vaccines can help protect a cow from viral diseases, but that doesn’t mean they will help protect her calf as well,” he said in the release. “Selecting a vaccine labeled specifically for fetal protection against IBR abortions and BVD PI calves helps reassure producers they will wean a healthy, valuable calf on sale day.”
Vaccination programs, which producers are encouraged to develop with their veterinarian, should include protocols to ensure operations use vaccines correctly, follow timing guidelines and keep accurate records.
The Zoetis 100% BVD PI-Free Guarantee and the IBR Abortion Guarantee will be administered through Zoetis —Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support at 800-366-5288. Proof of purchase is required. Some conditions do apply, according to the news release.