Vaccine uptake report for cattle and sheep

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance has helped develop a coordinated industry approach to best practice in animal medicine use. Monitoring vaccine uptake is part of the sheep and beef sector targets. 

Use of vaccines

The sheep and beef sectors are committed to monitoring the sales of vaccines within their targets. It is important to use vaccines alongside other medicines appropriately and to discuss with your vet what is applicable to use on your farm. Many factors contribute to fluctuations in vaccine sales, including changes in the dose regimes along with manufacturing and supply issues. Sales from wholesalers do not necessarily equate to use in that year. However, it is still a useful measure of the likely level of protection in the target group.

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Use of vaccines in cattle

The number of doses of cattle vaccines sold annually rose by 25% in the decade between 2011 and 2020.  

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Use of vaccines in sheep

RUMA targets aimed for an increase in the use of both footrot and enzootic abortion vaccines.  The number of doses of footrot vaccines sold annually rose by 47% and the number of doses of vaccines for Enzootic Abortion of Ewes rose by 19% between 2012 and 2020. 

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Useful links

Sheep diseases directory

Beef diseases directory

Sheep lameness pages

Better management of bovine respiratory disease

Vaccine use in livestock