BVD

BvDv (bovine viral diarrhea virus) is a disease with devastating economic consequences. Just one infected animal can result in a full-scale livestock epidemic within a very short period of time.

In fact, 70 to 90 percent of all BVDV infections can occur without the appearance of clinical signs, putting most cattle herds at risk for infection. Additionally, persistently infected (PI) animals remain infected for life. They shed large amounts of the virus, infecting herd mates and introducing the disease to other cattle.

Early identification and removal of PI animals is the most critical measure for achieving successful eradication. Several scientific journals and diagnostic studies show that BVD testing helps eliminate unnecessary losses. Large-scale screening on a preventative basis can ultimately lead to a significant reduction of overall costs and the economic impact that cow and cattle losses create.

Information for Veterinary Surgeons on the National BVD programmeClick here.

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