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Don't waste your reproductive investment

September 14, 2013
POSTED BY: Greg Edwards | DVM | Managing Veterinarian | Dairy Technical Services | Zoetis

You can’t afford to leave your herd unprotected from reproductive diseases. Bovine leptospirosis is one of the most significant infectious diseases affecting cattle reproduction.1 Poor reproductive performance, delayed breeding, unexplained infertility, early embryonic deaths, weak or stillborn calves, or abortions could indicate a Leptospira infection in your herd.

The cost of reproductive diseases
A study on the economic value of pregnancy estimates each pregnancy is worth between $200 and $400.1 Your investment can be jeopardized by infertility and abortions. In fact, one abortion can cost up to $555.2

Prevent Lepto hardjo-bovis
Help protect your cows and your investment by starting a reproductive vaccination program that includes BOVI-SHIELD GOLD FP® 5 L5 HB.* It’s the only viral combination vaccine that prevents Lepto hardjo-bovis infections in the kidney and shedding in the urine, as well as preventing establishment in the reproductive tract. No other vaccines carry the “Prevention of infection” claim — the highest label claim granted by the USDA — for Lepto hardjo-bovis. Learn more about the cost of a lost pregnancy and what you can do to keep her pregnant.

Remember to minimize environmental exposure from Lepto hardjo-bovis by:

  • Limiting exposure to standing water
  • Providing clean, adequate bedding
  • Ensuring plenty of standing and resting space to prevent overcrowding

Successful pregnancies and the success of your dairy depend on a healthy reproductive program. Visit to learn more.


*Do not use in pregnant cattle (abortions can result) unless they were vaccinated, according to label directions, with any BOVI-SHIELD GOLD FP or PREGGUARD GOLD FP vaccine prebreeding initially and within 12 months thereafter. Do not use in calves nursing pregnant cows unless their dams were vaccinated within the past 12 months as described above. To help ensure safety in pregnant cattle, heifers must receive at least 2 doses of any BOVI-SHIELD GOLD FP or PREGGUARD GOLD FP vaccine with the second dose administered approximately 30 days prebreeding.

1 Ellis WA, Thiermann AB. Isolation of leptospires from the genital tract of Iowa cows. Am J Vet Res 1986;47(8):1694-1696.

2 De Vries A. Economic value of pregnancy in dairy cattle. J Dairy Sci 2006;89(10):3876-3885.




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