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Pfizer vaccine move hailed

The Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) has welcomed Pfizer’s decision to stop selling Pregsure BVD in all EU member states, including the UK.

Although no direct causal link between the use of Pregsure BVD and Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia (BNP), commonly known as Bleeding Calf Syndrome, has been proven, it has been suggested that it may be associated in some way with the disease.

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Pfizer’s decision will help SAC and other investigators to better understand the origins of the disease and to help monitor its epidemiology.

What causes the syndrome is unknown, but it is believed many factors may be involved. SAC advises farmers not to stop using their proven vaccination programmes and that Pfizer should be consulted for advice concerning unused doses of the vaccine.

So far this year SAC has confirmed 72 calves with Bleeding Calf Syndrome (BCS). These calves came from 61 farms with submissions received by all of Scotland’s eight Disease Surveillance Centres.

The condition was first reported in Europe in 2008. SAC vets received their first suspected case in April 2009 and had confirmed 48 cases on 35 Scottish farms by the end of the year.

Affected calves are less than 28 days old and can have persistent fever with bleeding from the nose, gums, ear-tag holes and injection sites. Intestinal bleeding can also occur with affected calves passing dark, tarry dung.

Market round-up

Lawrie & Symington sold 21 prime heifers at Lanark on Monday to a top of 198p/kg and an average of 169.4p (+20p on the week), while 20 prime bullocks sold to 197p and averaged 158.2p (+20p).

30 cast beef cows sold to 153p and averaged 124p (+14p), while 19 dairy cows sold to 111p and averaged 95p (+6p).

In the sheep ring 204 prime lambs sold to 227p and averaged 205.5p (-20.7p), while 85 prime hoggs sold to 184p and averaged 157.4p (2.5p).

128 heavy cast ewes sold to £115.50 for Charollais and averaged £79.81 (+£10.38), while 88 light ewes sold to £74.50 for Blackfaces and averaged £58.12 (+£10.08p).

Craig Wilson Ltd sold 17 prime heifers at Ayr yesterday to a top of 187p and averaged 172.3p, while 8 prime bullocks to 196.5p and averaged 155.8p.

In the rough ring 63 cast beef cows sold to 150p and averaged 116.7p, while 106 dairy cows sold to 128.3p and averaged 116.7p.

Caledonian Marts sold 272 prime lambs at Stirling yesterday to a top of 227p and an average of 198p (+5.8p), while 681 prime hoggs sold to 178p and averaged 144.9p (-24.6p).

315 cast ewes sold to £126.50 for Suffolks and averaged £68.01, whilst 20 cast rams sold to £134.50 for a Suffolk and averaged £82.95.

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