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What is Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR)?

IBR (Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis) is a highly contagious disease that is associated with abortion and respiratory signs. IBR is caused by a bovine Herpes virus and can be transmitted via nasal and/or oral secretions or bull semen.

Once an animal becomes infected, it remains infected for life despite producing what appears to be a successful immune response. These animals can continue to shed the virus throughout their life, especially during periods of stress, and are often referred to as PI animals (persistently infected).

Clinical Signs:

  • Abortion.
  • Airway inflammation and pneumonia.
  • Milk yield loss.
  • Coughing.
  • Inflamed eyes.

Prevention & Management of IBR:

  • Vaccination (please consult your farm vet).
  • Biosecurity measures such as ensuring boundaries with neighbouring farms are secure.
  • Only purchase cattle from IBR-free herds.

What Testing Options Are Available For IBR?

The most suitable test for your herd will depend upon your herd’s history and vaccination status. Please consult your vet for advice.

We can offer the following testing options on blood and milk (both individual cow and bulk):



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