Streptococcus Uberis Bacterin2021-10-15T17:20:09+00:00

Streptococcus Uberis Bacterin

Problem: The predominant mastitis-causing pathogen today is Streptococcus uberis, with 90-95% of mastitis infections being subclinical, including those by this agent.

Hygieia Delivers: Hygieia Streptococcus Uberis Bacterin vaccine for dairy cattle. Available in 50 dose bottles.

Mastitis is one of the top three reasons a dairy cow is culled. Even in cases where mastitis can be addressed, cases can cost producers as much as $450 per incidence for treatment, labor, and lost production. The most predominant mastitis-causing pathogen today is Streptococcus uberis. Possessing characteristics of both a contagious mastitis pathogen transferred from cow to cow, as well as environmental type mastitis pathogen, being picked up in the environment, S. ubers can cause particular challenges for producers as it is hard to detect and treat. Instead of chasing after strep with treatment, control mastitis with prevention with the Hygieia Streptococcus Uberis Bacterin vaccine.

For Producers

How do I get my herd vaccinated?2021-10-14T23:30:30+00:00

There are two vaccination strategies depending on where in lactation animals to be vaccinated are, as well as if you have ever used the product with your herd before.

First Year of Use:

Milking Herd

Establishment and maintenance of herd immunity is the key to success with this vaccine. Herds with known or suspected S. uberis infection should initiate use of the vaccine with whole herd vaccination followed by a rolling vaccination maintenance program. Whole herd vaccination involves vaccination of the entire herd with three doses spaced at monthly intervals and is accomplished in two months’ time.

Dry cows, Incoming Heifers

Dry cows and incoming heifers are managed separately from the rest of the herd. Cows in the dry pen when the rest of the herd is being vaccinated should be vaccinated beginning at three weeks fresh, with three doses of vaccine spaced at monthly intervals. If possible, heifers should be vaccinated at seven and eight months gestation, with a third dose five at three to four weeks fresh. Otherwise, vaccinate heifers on the same protocol as dry cows.

Individual Cow

If a cow shows an elevated somatic cell count on two consecutive tests, or has a single test above 500,000, a booster dose may be given.

Subsequent Years:

Once the entire herd has been vaccinated, a rolling vaccination schedule is used to maintain herd immunity. Rolling herd vaccination times vaccine doses to the lactation cycle, much like a J-5 type vaccine. Vaccinate at dry-off, mid-dry, and at three to four weeks fresh. Alternatively, cows may be vaccinated at dry-off, three to four weeks fresh, and at seven to eight weeks fresh.

If a cow shows an elevated somatic cell count on two consecutive tests, or has a single test above 500,000, a booster dose may be given.

To get your herd vaccinated, contact your local veterinarian and request the Hygieia Streptococcus Uberis Bacterin vaccine for dairy cattle today.

Who should be vaccinated?2021-10-14T23:18:24+00:00

This product is intended for use in dairy cows and heifers 18 months of age or older, as an aid in reducing mastitis due to Streptococcus uberis bacteria. Do not vaccinate within two weeks before or after parturition.

Should I vaccinate with the Hygieia Streptococcus Uberis Bacterin vaccine?2021-10-14T23:18:39+00:00

Streptococcus uberis is often resistant to antibiotic treatment and the cost of discarded milk too high to make treatment of the pathogen a practical management approach. While Streptococcus uberis infection typically results in markedly elevated somatic cell counts, no visible changes in the milk or palpable difference in the affected quarter are usually present. To make diagnosis even more challenging, more often than not, streptococcal mastitis can’t be detected by California Mastitis Test (CMT) because of its relatively high limit of detection. If you are a dairy producer who struggles with high somatic cell counts, contact your veterinarian today to discuss the Hygieia Streptococcus Uberis Bacterin vaccine.

For Veterinarians

Administration:2021-10-14T23:32:09+00:00

To use, shake well before and occasionally during use. Administer 5cc dose subcutaneously. Administer three doses to each animal at four-to-six-week intervals. Booster doses are timed to the lactation cycle. Either of two protocols (see above) using three doses are effective: at dry off, mid dry off, and 3-4 weeks fresh OR alternatively at dry off, 3-4 weeks fresh, and 7-8 weeks fresh. Do not vaccinate within two weeks of parturition.

Storage and handing:2021-10-14T23:31:29+00:00

Store at 35-45F. Do not freeze. Use entire contents when opened. Shake well before, and occasionally during, administration.

Precautions:2021-10-15T17:20:42+00:00

This product contains killed cultures of Streptococcus uberis bacteria. Do not vaccinate within 60 days before slaughter or within two weeks before or after parturition. If signs of anaphylaxis occur, treat appropriately with epinephrine or equivalent. This product contains no antibiotics, and requires no milk withdrawal period.

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For further information including product trials and ordering information, contact Hygieia Laboratories at 530.661.1442.

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