This week we have another achieved article resurfacing from just few years ago. In this article, Dr. Eric Gordon, a member of the OSU Sheep Team, outlines the importance of a proper vaccination program. Be sure to check out this quick piece to learn more about the benefits of vaccinating your herd or flock with CDT. Failing to arm sheep and goats disease protection is a bit like heading into a tackle football game with no helmets or pads. Less protection means greater risk. Vaccines are an important component in suiting up small ruminants to hit the field – or pasture. At minimum, sheep and goats of all ages and stages should be protected from clostridial diseases.
Dr. Eric Gordon, DVM, The Ohio State University, believes that clostridial diseases are the only group that all sheep and goats should be vaccinated against. He recommends using a three-way vaccine generically referred to as CDT, which protects against Clostridium perfringens type C and D and Clostridium tetani (tetanus). Eight-way vaccines are also on the market, but the three-way CDT is the core vaccine for sheep and goats.
Vaccination protocols should be minimally aimed toward the prevention of diseases in your herd and should be developed in consultation with your local veterinarian. The vaccine commonly known as “CDT” or “CD&T” is a vaccination for Clostridium perfringens type C + D and tetanus. This is the vaccine that everyone raising goats should use. The label directions should be followed closely, including those for handling and storage. Several companies make CDT vaccines and some of those include vaccines for additional clostridial diseases. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if those other diseases are common in your area or are on your farm before spending the extra money for the multiple combination vaccines.
Does should be vaccinated for CDT approximately 30 days prior to giving birth to provide protection to the kids through the first milk, or colostrum. If the doe has not been given a priming booster of two shots adminstered three to four weeks apart at some time in her life, the pre-kidding annual shot will not really be effective. This priming set of shots is usually given when the doe is a young kid but can be done at any age.
Baby Goat Vaccination Timeline Schedule
Most importantly, a vaccination timeline schedule will determine the health of your baby goats. Prevent sicknesses by giving your goats their CDT and their Bo-Se which is a selenium vitamin E shot that makes them resilient and strong. Check out this area map to find if your soil is deficient in selenium. Your soil level should be over .5ppm. Or you can call your local extension office. Give vaccinations to the whole herd in the spring when given to the babies.
- once the baby is born, we recommend giving a Bo-Se booster at 7 days of age. (purchase from the vet)
- Give the CDT vaccine for the listed times below.
- 30 days
- 60 days
- 90 days
- 1 year
- Every year for the rest of their life.
- Treat for Rabies for area-specific ask your vet.
Dosage and administration
CDT injections are given subcutaneously (SQ or subQ) under the skin. A needle length of about 1”, gauge of 18 to 20, and the “tent” method is used. The loose skin is pulled up in the area of the injection site. The syringe and needle are held parallel to the body and the needle is pushed through the skin to administer the vaccine into the cavity created.
The dosage for CDT is 2ml for adults or kids. It’s not uncommon for an abscess to develop at a CDT injection site. Therefore, the armpit (region behind the base of the front legs) is often the preferred site for CDT vaccinations. Always use a new needle to vaccinate each goat to prevent disease. CDT vaccines should be stored in the refrigerator.
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