Barber's Pole Worm vaccine

General use
It is important to note that Barbervax is not a knockdown product, rather it controls barbers pole disease mainly by reducing egg counts and hence build up of infection; some drenches will still be required while immunity created by the vaccine is establishing. Only the recommended pre-lambing and weaning drenches are shown in the schedules that follow below, however, other drenches may also be required; it is most important that you monitor as per your regional WormBoss worm control program and Drench Decision Guide.

Users should also understand that it takes 3 “priming” injections before immunity is conferred by Barbervax in animals not previously vaccinated. These injections should be given before the start of the high risk barbers pole season which usually runs from January to April.

The vaccine should be stored in a fridge (i.e. at 4 to 8C, but not frozen), transported in an esky containing ice bricks and when in use the suspended pillow pack should be kept cool e.g. in a stubby holder or by being wrapped in a wet towel, ideally in the shade.

The vaccine is given as a 1ml dose under the skin. All sheep should receive 1ml, irrespective of body weight. To ensure accuracy, it is better to use a 1ml fixed volume vaccinator, rather than an adjustable dose model. Behind the ear is a popular injection site. If a different vaccine (e.g. 5 in 1) is being given at the same time, it should be given at a different site e.g. on the opposite side of the neck. As with all vaccines self-injection of Barbervax could be painful. A one-handed “safety” vaccinator is recommended to reduce the hazard.

The schedules that follow have been tailored for spring lambing flocks in the Northern Tablelands of NSW. Barbervax users lambing at other times of the year or in different parts of the country should email for a customised vaccination programme or seek advice from their re-seller, vet or sheep advisor.

All schedules should be followed accurately; do not extend the gaps between vaccinations

Specific instructions

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Click here for Ewe instructions