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Vaccines are an important part of a herd health plan.

When used correctly as part of a property health plan, vaccines can help prevent common livestock diseases, leading to improved animal health, welfare and productivity. Producers should be aware of the diseases in their region that can be prevented by vaccination and assess the risk based on previous local district and property history.

This module outlines the types of vaccines, how to store and handle vaccines, why you should consider vaccinating, common diseases in southern cattle and the vaccines currently available for cattle in Australia. 

Additional resources and further reading are available in the Materials tab.

Learning objectives

At completion of this module, you will:

  • understand the different types of vaccines
  • know how to handle and store vaccines
  • understand the factors influencing the decision to vaccinate your herd
  • have an understanding of the common diseases in southern cattle
  • be able to identify the vaccines currently available for beef cattle. 

Further reading

MLA website - Diseases

MLA website - Vaccinating 

More Beef From Pastures- Cattle disease vaccines and strategies

Coopers® Piliguard® pinkeye-1 trivalent vaccine - Technical manual

Animal Health Australia - Bovine ephemeral fever virus distribution


Lee Taylor (Zoetis) and Jane Morrison (Coopers Animal Health) provided useful comments, and some of their suggestions have been incorporated to improve this training package.

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Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA’s purpose is to foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry by investing in research and marketing activities. Through our subsidiary companies, we also accelerate innovation across the value chain and deliver the industry’s integrity and on-farm quality assurance programs.

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