Cattle Vaccinations

Cattle Vaccinations Relevant to our Herds.

After recent discussions with various producers during routine work, it is a common opinion that they are being confronted with an ever-growing list of diseases that can infect their herd.  With each of these diseases needing single, follow-up or multiple vaccinations, there is a general feeling that ‘we will worry about that when we need to’. However, with scientific evidence collected locally, St George Vet Practice can confidently state that many of these infectious diseases that impact on the bottom line are in deed already present at significant levels within the Balonne Shire.

Of course each individual vaccination program can be tailored to individual properties management strategies, but the following is a list of the highly recommended vaccinations relevant to our cattle.  Information on all the following diseases is available on the ‘Cattle’ stream of this web-page.


5 in 1: 

  • This commonly used vaccine covers against the five Clostridial strains that can infect all livestock species; Clostridium perfringens (type D), Cl. Septicum, Cl. Novyi, Cl. Tetani and Cl. Chauvoi.  These five organisms are responsible for Tetanus, Pulpy Kidney/Endotoxaemia, Blackleg, Malignant oedema and Black Disease.
  • (Initial course of 2 shots, then annual booster).


7 in 1: 

  • This vaccine is simply a combination of 5 in 1 and Leptoshield
  • (easier to administer single injection).



  • This vaccine protects against the reproductive losses caused by Lepto species; hardjo and Pomona.
  • (Initial course of 2 shots then annual booster).



  • Pestivirus is perhaps the most damaging disease currently infecting our herds.  This disease has been proven to be present at high levels on over 80% of properties within the St George – Cunnamulla region.
  • (Initial course of 2 shots +/- annual booster).



  • These are two options to protect against Botulism.  The organism Clostridium botulinum (types C and D) are present within our district and can cause significant losses under the appropriate environments/factors.
  • (Single injection every 12-36 months).



  • One of the diseases that can be present within herds for long periods of time without being readily obvious is Vibrio.  This is caused by the bacteria Campylobacter fetus venerealis.  This organism lives for long periods in the sheaths/prepuces of herd bulls.
  • (Initial course of 2 shots, then annual booster).


Bovine Ephemeral Fever (3-Day)

  • 3-Day disease is caused by the BEF virus, and can occur sporadically depending on seasonal climates.  Commencing vaccination at the first sign of ‘downer’ animals is often too late to be effective.
  • (Initial course of 2 shots, then annual booster).



  • This relatively new vaccine protects against the losses caused by Pink-eye/Blight.  This condition is caused by Morexella bovis and can cause the range of production losses from minor weight loss to blindness to death.  (Single injection at Branding).