Beef Week in South Australia is an exciting time for producers to showcase their genetics to potential buyers.
The introduction and subsequent losses of a disease is a significant ongoing threat to all producers.
For producers buying bulls this year, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of introducing disease to your herd.
- Buy animals from a producer or stud with good animal health management and disease status. Ask about the vendor’s biosecurity practices.
- Make sure animals look healthy. Pestivirus carriers often are ‘poor doers’, look less than healthy and usually die before two years old.
- Request a cattle health declaration and check previous treatments including drenches and vaccinations (clostridial and leptospirosis). For bulls, pestivirus antigen-negative is a must with herd history of vibrio vaccination.
Arriving at the farm
- Quarantine drench all animals with a mixture of three actives and then allow to clean out for 48 to 72 hours in the yards.
- If animals are purchased from a fluke area, administer a Triclabendazole drench.
- Administer any other health treatments including vaccinations or trace element supplementation.
- Keep new arrivals completely separate (no nose to nose contact or sharing of water points) from the rest of the herd for at least a month to monitor health.
If you see any signs of illness or death, contact your local vet. Any unusual signs should be reported to your Department of Primary Industries (PIRSA) animal health advisor or the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline 1800 675 888.