Tick fever vaccines for cattle

All cattle in cattle tick-infested areas are at risk of developing tick fever, whether they were born and raised within the tick area or introduced from cattle tick-free areas.

Tick fever vaccine is the most reliable and practical tool for long-term control of tick fever in cattle.

Two forms of tick fever vaccine for cattle are available:

  • chilled trivalent (3 germ) vaccine
  • frozen trivalent vaccine (marketed as Combavac 3 in 1).

Both of these forms protect against all 3 organisms that cause tick fever: Babesia bovis, Babesia bigemina and Anaplasma marginale.

The vaccine is mostly sold in chilled form. Combavac 3 in 1 frozen vaccine is available for remote areas where it can be difficult to deliver chilled vaccine by next day service, or for larger holdings where it is convenient to have vaccine stocks on hand for use as required. Frozen vaccine can also be shipped overseas.

This guide discusses tick fever vaccines for cattle, how to order them, how and when to use them, and how to monitor for potential reactions to the vaccines.