Pinkeye prevention is economical and typically much less time consuming than treatment. While it’s not foolproof, anyone who’s skipped this step and battled pinkeye all summer long can appreciate the value in vaccinating. Vaccinate prior to pinkeye season for season-long protection in one dose. Or, consider SolidBac Pinkeye IR/PR Implants, which include both immediate and programmed release antigen pellets for the equivalent of two doses of antigen in one application.
If you’re faced with a pinkeye outbreak, prompt treatment can help minimize it. M. bovis is usually susceptible to long-acting oxytetracycline. Vetericyn Pink Eye Spray is sprayed directly into the eyes, and has been proven to kill M. bovis.
When you develop a program to reduce pasture fly populations, the cycle of pinkeye transmission can be greatly reduced too. Fly tags are usually the most convenient and economical option. Fly tags can be applied when working cattle for pasture and control face flies for up to five months. Cattle rubs charged with insecticide or dust bags allow cattle to self-treat frequently. A newer option is the Bullmaster II Mineral Feeder with Fly Killer Kover. It has a built-in insecticide reservoir that allows continuous saturation of the feeder’s felt cover, applying insecticide each time mineral is consumed. Pour-on insecticides and topical sprays provide quick knock-down of flies, but effects are more short-term. Pour-ons and topicals can be quite effective if your cattle are close to home and you have time for more frequent application.
The most successful pinkeye programs often utilize a combination of these efforts for the greatest benefit. Lori H