The BVDFree England Board has taken the decision to close the BVDFree England Scheme. The scheme will be ending on 31st July 2024 with the helpdesk closing the 9th of August 2024.

One of the main objectives set for the scheme during its formation was “BVD can and will be eliminated through a strong partnership of farmers, vets, industry bodies and Government working together with each doing their part towards achieving the common objective. BVD FREE supports and will seek to develop further industry initiatives to inform farmers and vets of the benefits of BVD control and to provide access to farm health planning and advice on BVD control.”

The co-design for the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway consisting of experts and industry and the subsequently planned launch of the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway England – Endemic Control programmes fulfils this objective.

We would like to thank you for the support you have provided to the scheme throughout the duration and are hopeful of the success of BVD eradication going forward.

If you have any queries please reach out to us at

The BVDFree England Scheme

What is BVD?

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea or BVD is a highly contagious viral disease of cattle. It is one of the biggest disease issues facing the UK cattle industry. BVD has been estimated to cost between £13 and £31 per cow in Great Britain. The national cost could be as high as £61M per year. (Bennett and Ijpelaar, 2005)

What is the BVDFree Scheme?

BVDFree England is a voluntary industry-led scheme, working to eliminate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from all cattle in England. The key to success is to identify and remove all animals persistently infected (PI) with the BVD virus from the English cattle herd.

The scheme is built around a national database,, which is searchable for the BVD status of individual animals and herds tested under the scheme. Famers must register with BVDFree to enable their herds’ BVD test results to be uploaded to the database. Individual animal BVD status can be found by entering a UK tag number, or you can search the database for a herd’s BVD status using the CPH number. This provides farmers with recognition, confidence and traceability when buying and selling BVDFree cattle.

The website is designed to be an information portal on BVD, providing relevant technical documents to aid BVD control and elimination. Please note that the BVDFree Scheme is not able to advise farmers on their specific BVD control plans. These should be discussed with your vet.

How do I become BVD Free?

We’ve created a simple 5 step process that you need to complete to achieve BVD Free status.  


Register with the BVD Free England website. You can do this online by clicking here.


Contact your lab to upload any historic results in addition to any future results.


Ensure we hold at least 2 annual check test results. You can verify this by logging in.


Complete and submit a request for BVD Free status once you’ve met the requirements. Paper version available here.


Maintain testing and digitally renew your BVD Free status on an annual basis.


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