New BVD survey reflects variation in UK eradication strategies

Cattle farmers across the UK are being urged to take part in a new-look survey designed to reflect the differences in national BVD eradication plans within the UK.

The average economic impact of BVD is £46.50 a cow, according to a paper published in the Vet Record this year and health experts say both beef and dairy herds are equally at risk.

Since its launch in 2015, the annual BVD survey, led by Boehringer Ingelheim, has shed light on what farms do to manage BVD in cattle.

See also: How a Welsh dairy farm achieved BVD-free status

Matt Yarnall, brand manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health and BVD survey co-ordinator says the survey is set to launch in late December.

Cost of BVD

  • £6.46-£87 a cow in endemically infected herds
  • £28.50-£2.370 a cow in naïve herds

Summarising the change of direction in the survey, Mr Yarnall said:  “We have worked with all the regional eradication teams to reflect the differences seen in each part of the UK. 

“This is because, since the launch of the survey in 2015, when only Scotland had a compulsory programme in place, Northern Ireland, England and Wales now all have schemes underway, although each is a little bit different.”

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Survey forms will be sent out to farms through farming unions and the press this month.

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