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  • Joined Mar 2016
« on: January 16, 2021, 10:55:30 am »
Has anyone had any experience of the papillomavirus in cattle?
I have a 2 and a half year old heifer which I was intending to breed from but has the warts on a couple of her teats.
Will this clear on its own? Can I breed from her? Or is it best not to?
Can cattle be vaccinated against this?

Looking forward to your responses!



  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Papillomavirus
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2021, 12:36:07 pm »
All ours have had warts - females on udders, bull on his muzzle (I didn't ask  ::) ). They're all fine - all fed calves and been milked. No treatment. Vet said they'd go in time and they did.


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
    • Trelay Cohousing Community
Re: Papillomavirus
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2021, 01:32:24 pm »
My original Jersey had the odd wart, as did one of her daughters and one of her daughters.

I just wrote about it on another thread recently

Hillie had the odd wart, Plenty had one.  Never caused us any real problems.  Sometime they might get a bit bloody in summer, with calves suckling and flies pestering.  So then I'd use a pour-on to reduce the flies, and apply a tea tree oil after milking, which mostly stopped it becoming really bothersome.

Kitty (Plenty's daughter) had one as a heifer, which grew and caused the teat end to gape, which resulted in low-grade infection.  So I ruefully decided to not risk putting her in calf.
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