Interest of clostridial vaccination in pregnant cows to reduce omphalitis in beef calves. Results from a field study in France.
P. Gisbert, D. Achard, A. Bernard, E. Champeyroux, J. Finck, A. Debrade.
World Buiatric Congress 2022
Results from this field study confirm cattle practitioner’s observation and support the fact that clostridial vaccination of pregnant cows can be beneficial to reduce the prevalence of calf omphalitis. The interest of this clostridial vaccination seems particularly relevant for cases of severe omphalitis that generally require large spectrum antibiotic treatment. As such, this preventive strategy can contribute to reduce the consumption of antibiotic in beef herds with a high incidence of omphalitis.
Future studies should be carried out to further investigate the relative importance of Clostridia and of other pathogens implicated and the potential benefits of clostridial vaccination in the various type of omphalitis.
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