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Expert Group Advises on BVD Control Strategies

Any cattle identified as persistently infected (PI) with Bovine Virus Diarrhoea (BVD) should go directly to slaughter as soon as possible and should not be sold in the open market or used for breeding.

This is the advice from experts advising the England Bovine Virus Diarrhoea stakeholder group, funded by the Rural Development Plan for England (RDPE) and coordinated by the DairyCo division of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

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Professor Joe Brownlie (Royal Veterinary College), chairman of the Scientific and Technical sub-group, said: “Identification of PIs is key to BVD control. PIs spread BVD virus continuously throughout their lives but may look like normal members of the herd. They should not be allowed to breed as they will certainly produce another PI calf.”


The group, which includes vets and scientists, also recommends vaccination of breeding cattle, where appropriate. The group advises that vaccination should be considered as part of a whole herd BVD control plan, including regular herd monitoring, biosecurity and identification and removal of PIs.

Professor Brownlie added: “Vaccines alone will not eradicate BVD from a herd but can play an important part in a control strategy in many herds, especially where biosecurity is incomplete. It is important that vaccines are used correctly, after consultation with the herd vet, and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.”


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