As pinkeye season approaches, it’s time for cattle producers to take preventive steps to control this contagious, costly disease. Pinkeye can harm the production and overall health of cattle. Norm Stewart, a veterinarian and manager of dairy technical services for Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, offers best-management practices for preventing pinkeye.

“Taking a stand against pinkeye requires a three-pronged approach that includes vaccination, fly control and environmental management,” Stewart says, “Like a three-legged stool, leaving out any of these key elements can bring down your entire control program.”

Stewart says the first leg of control is vaccination. “Pinkeye is caused when bacterial organisms such as Moraxella bovis infect the surface of the eye,” explains Stewart.

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