The first step of the BVDFree Scheme is for farmers to sign up to the scheme. The next step is to set up a BVDFree programme on-farm using the ‘ADAM’ principles below. By working with your vet and following this guidance, your herd can become and stay free from BVD.
When submitting BVD samples for use in the scheme, samples must be sent to a BVDFree designated laboratory with a completed BVDFree submission form. A list of laboratories with links to the appropriate submission forms can be found by clicking here.
The designated laboratories will upload your results to the BVDFree database. Individual animal status can then be searched by entering the animal’s UK number into the searchbox. Herd BVD status can also be searched by entering the CPH on the homepage. This allows BVD status to be easily accessible when buying and selling cattle.
The key to elimination of BVD is through the identification and removal of persistently infected (PI) animals.
In herds that are determined to be BVDFree it is still recommended to use bulk milk antibody tests to monitor status where appropriate.
Due to the complexity of interpreting the antibody response in the presence of vaccine use and historic infection, the use of this test is not mandatory in order to comply with the BVDFree requirements, however it can still provide a valuable tool to monitor status.
A detailed on-farm review carried out by the veterinary surgeon in partnership with the farmer should be completed to identify aspects of management that could predispose to the introduction and spread of infection within the farm and provide recommendations for the reduction of these risks.
BVD samples must be sent to a laboratory designated by BVDFree for testing as part of the BVDFree Scheme. Samples must be sent with a completed BVDFree submission form, to enable results to uploaded to the BVDFree database.
Please note that the BVDFree Scheme is not in a position to advise farmers on their specific BVD control plans. These should be discussed with a vet.