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Health Testing

What is BVD?

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is a widespread, highly contagious viral disease of cattle, usually spread by direct cattle-to-cattle contact. 

It has big financial implications to the herd, estimated to cost between £13 and £31 per cow in Great Britain. The national cost could be as high as £61M per year (Bennett and Ijpelaar, 2005). This is down to the cost to control and long-term implications to cow health and welfare, such as causing abortion, infertility, immunosuppression, failure to thrive and even death.

Clinical Signs

  • Youngstock not thriving.
  • Higher than expected infertility.
  • Unexplained abortions, stillbirths or birth defects.
  • Scours and pneumonia in youngstock.
  • Calves struggling to recover post-treatment.

Prevention and Management

  • Vaccination (please consult your farm vet).
  • Identifying and removing PI’s from a herd and preventing the production of new PI’s
  • Biosecurity measures such as ensuring boundaries with neighbouring farms are secure.

What Testing Options Are Available For BVD?

Speak to your vet about the best way to manage BVD and the most appropriate testing options.

Herd Screening Tests:

Bulk Milk

These tests can be carried out using the bulk milk payment testing samples

Youngstock Screen

Test for antibodies and look for exposure to BVD.

Management and Control Tests:

Tag & Test (T&T)

Test every calf at birth as they are tagged.

Individual Animal Antibody Testing

This can be carried out on blood samples or using the milk samples taken at milk recording

BVD HerdCheck Surveillance Program - Bundled Testing Options

Dairy HerdCheck

Dairy HerdCheck uses a quarterly screen of milk bulk samples and 10 antibody blood tests.

Beef HerdCheck

Beef HerdCheck combines Tag and Test with Nordic Star ear tags and 10 youngstock antibody blood tests.

Flying Herd

Flying Herd uses quarterly bulk milk screening for virus and Tag and Test on youngstock with Nordic Star tags.

Request a Quote

Once you have spoken to your vet about the testing option suitable for your herd, contact us for a free quote.

NMR, in conjunction with UK vets, have developed 3 bundled services that make use of NMR’s testing capabilities and the best scientific advice.

All the above schemes are CHeCS approved, use the latest testing technology, are simple and reliable, with comprehensive reporting back on-farm through the web (Herd Companion).

Third parties (vets) have access to the data if permission is given, using the web services. All results are uploaded to the relevant national scheme (BVD Free England, Gwaredu BVD, AHWNI and ScotEID).

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