- Scabigard is the world’s first tissue cultured scabby mouth vaccine for the control of scabby mouth disease in lambs and sheep, developed in Australia for Australian grazing conditions.
- Scabigard is a living vaccine which induces immunity by producing a mild, “controlled” form of the disease at a protected vaccination site (on the inside of the front leg).
- Scabigard is grown in a laboratory using cells which are tested free from adventitious agents (including bacterial or viral contaminants).
- Protects lambs and sheep against Scabby mouth disease.
- A single scratch will provide more than 12 months protection (natural exposure will extend this).
- Vaccination of lambs can be conducted from birth.
- No production impact through vaccination.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USE
- Vaccination of lambs and sheep against scabby mouth where the disease is common.
- All lambs should be vaccinated at marking as a routine.
- When beginning a vaccination program it is advisable to vaccinate all sheep and lambs.
- Vaccinated sheep can act as a source of infection for non-vaccinates.
- When lambs are examined one week after vaccination, a line of pustules should be visible along the track of the scratch made on the skin. These lesions indicate successful vaccination and are referred to as ‘takes’.
- Susceptible sheep or lambs must ‘take’ in order to become immunised against scabby mouth.
- Failure to ‘take’ may be due to poor vaccination technique, improper handling of the vaccine resulting in a loss of potency, or because the sheep are already immune.
- Revaccination should be considered where a take has not occurred.
- Immunity develops in about 2 weeks.