Angus Cattle Health Treatments
7 in 1 Vaccination
All calves at Te Mania Angus are vaccinated twice as weaners – in January and February – and are given their annual boosters in March. We recommend bulls be given a 7 in 1 vaccination annually, 2 to 4 weeks prior to joining.
Vibriosis is a common cause of infertility and is transmitted by bulls from one female to another. It is easily prevented by vaccination. Te Mania sale bulls are given the initial two vaccinations, four weeks apart, prior to sale. We recommend bulls be given a vibriosis vaccination prior to joining each year.
Pestivirus (Bovine viral diarrhoea virus, BVDV)
Te Mania Angus cattle are all ear notch tested before sale to make sure they are not PI. A wide-scale ear notch testing/eradication program has been carried out within the herd – we believe Te Mania has no PI animals. For more information on Pestivirus – click here.
Te Mania Angus is J-BAS 8 accredited, the highest level of bio-security accreditation in the new, national approach to the prevention of Johne’s disease (JD) in cattle. J-BAS focuses on managing on-farm biosecurity risk rather than controlling disease through regulation, and treats JD as just one of many diseases that producers must manage within their business. More info
Te Mania Angus is EU accredited.
Te Mania Angus bulls are drenched at weaning, after joining periods and as necessary at other times according to worm counts.
All Te Mania Angus bulls are examined by a veterinarian prior to lease/sale. The examination includes palpation of the sexual anatomy and testicles. More information on toxic sperm.
Recessive Genetic Conditions
Information for bull buyers about the recessive genetic conditions, Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM), Hydrocephalus (NH), Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA) and Developmental Duplications (DD). Find out more about recessive genetic conditions.
A DNA-based test has been developed that can be used to determine whether an animal is a carrier or free of the AM, NH and CA gene. It is reported in the following way, (AM status is used in this example):
- AMF Tested AM free
- AMFU Pedigree AM free
- AM__% _% probability that the animal may be an AM carrier
- AMC Tested AM-carrier
- AMA AM-Affected
For NH and CA, simply replace AM in the above table with NH/CA.
Registration certificates and the Angus Australia database will display these codes. This information can be accessed by conducting a database search at Angus Australia and clicking on the “Genetic Test Results” link on the animal details page.
Pestivirus (also known as BVDV) is caused by a virus. The virus is widespread in cattle herds worldwide, including Victoria. Herds become infected by contact with infected animals, especially with so-called “carrier” or “persistently infected” animals. Artificial insemination and embryo transfer can spread pestivirus. Pigs, sheep and wild ruminants such as deer may also carry…Read more
Did you know that it takes up to about 70 days to make, package and deliver sperm from the time the cell first divides in the testicle until it fertilizes an egg? This has serious implications. If I did something that stopped the formation of new sperm for a week, the result would be a lack…Read more
All breeds of cattle, in fact all mammals including humans, have undesirable genetic conditions. Fortunately, advances in molecular genetics have facilitated the development of DNA tests for their management. Angus Australia is at the forefront of development of strategies to manage undesirable genetic conditions and seedstock members are leading the industry with their uptake of…Read more