Make Autumn BVD Testing Work for You

September 2017

As the autumn approaches now is the ideal time to plan your annual BVD testing. There are two main options: tissue tag all calves born this autumn or book your vet to blood sample young stock for BVD antibody.

For autumn calving herds, using BVD tissue sampling tags may be the simplest solution for BVD testing. The only additional task with tag and testing, instead of using standard ID tags, is sending tissue sample vials to the lab. A list of companies selling tag and test packages which use a lab designated with BVDFree can be found at https://bvdfree.org.uk/tag-and-test-packages/.

As the cattle come inside for the winter this is the perfect opportunity for vets to sample young stock for BVD antibodies. This involves testing at least five unvaccinated cattle when aged 9-18 months from each separately managed group. Results will show if any of the groups have been exposed to BVD virus. Action can then be taken to ensure cattle remain disease free or to work to become free from BVD. Talk to your vet and book your cattle in for a blood test.

Testing is one of the first steps in the journey to become free from BVD. It is important to make the scheme work for your herd by choosing the most practical and cost effective BVD testing method for your farm. For more information on the scheme visit bvdfree.org.uk.