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7 – Breeding Health

A number of diseases are prevalent in Australia that result in reduced weaning rates due to lower conception rates and/or increased rates of abortion. These diseases can be avoided or minimised through vaccination.

It is important to only select Angus bulls for use within a breeding program that have received the appropriate vaccinations and health treatava-logo-finalments, with Angus bulls being routinely vaccinated for clostridial diseases, pestivirus (bovine viral diarrhoea virus), vibriosis, leptospirosis and in some environments, 3-day sickness (bovine ephemeral fever), tick fever and botulism.

The vaccinations and health treatments that should be conducted will vary with each breeding enterprise and a local veterinarian should be consulted if there is any doubt as to what is appropriate for the breeding program in which the bulls will be joined.