Pinkeye Disease Impact

Pinkeye (infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis) associated with Moraxella bovis and Moraxella bovoculi is a major factor affecting cattle health and performance. Calves suffering from pinkeye weigh an average of 19.6 lbs less than healthy calves at weaning.1Pinkeye associated with M. bovoculi is becoming a year-round problem.

Pinkeye costs producers an estimated $150 million every year due to decreased weight gain, decreased milk production, and treatment costs. Additionally, affected animals are often heavily discounted by buyers.

Strain Variation

Strain variation is an ongoing challenge when vaccinating for pinkeye with a commercial product.

  • Commercial Mor. bovis products only contain specific strains that may or may not be the same strains your cattle are facing.
  • Commercial products do not contain M. bovoculi.

These two factors make pinkeye a perfect candidate for a Custom Made Vaccine.

Custom Made Pinkeye Vaccines

Custom Made Vaccines are manufactured using the specific disease causing organism(s) circulating in your herd or the immediate area. Newport Laboratories utilizes cutting-edge PINPOINT diagnostic and production technologies to create a pinkeye vaccine targeting your specific needs.

Newport Laboratories' traditional and molecular diagnostics help to identify and genetically analyze the organisms that are causing disease in your herd(s). Our technical service veterinarians will then help you determine which isolate(s) to include in your Custom Made Vaccine.

1. Snowder GD, Van Vleck LD, Cundiff LV and Bennett DL. Genetic environmental factors associated with incidence of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis in preweaned beef calves. J. Anim. Sci. 2005. 83:507-518.