We’re backing BVD Free!
November 1, 2016
The BVD Free scheme was launched on 1st July and is a national campaign which aims to eradicate BVD from the national herd by 2022.
The scheme aims to eradicate BVD through the identification and removal of PI animals and is based upon a national database that will hold information on herd tests and individual animal tests. After two years of testing participating herds will be awarded a risk level indicating the likelihood that animals from these herds are BVD Free.
So how does it work?
- Join the scheme! The scheme is FREE to join. Either go to www.bvd.org.uk and download a form, pick on up from the surgery or wait for us to send you one.
- Talk to us about your herd and BVD! Many of our herds are already screening annually but for those who aren’t, talk to us about the best way to screen your herd. We can also discuss the risks of BVD entering your herd and the best steps to take to protect it. Although the focus is mainly on breeding herds, fattening herds are encouraged to test the accidental calves born too!
- Use BVD Free status to sell animals! BVDFree animals are healthier animals.
- Look for BVD Free animals when buying. The status of individual animals or their herd can be looked up on the BVDFree website using eartag number or CPH number. BVD Free animals will reduce the risk of pneumonia in stored cattle and provided healthier animals for breeding herds.
BVD is thought to cost the cattle industry 39.6 million pounds a year and in a herd where BVD is present £36 per suckler cow. Within the last few years in the practice we have witnessed first-hand the damage BVD does to herds. We now have the opportunity to remove this disease forever handing on a healthier, more productive national herd to future farmers. Sign up to the scheme, talk to us about testing and lets break free from BVD.
If you would like some more information or would like to discuss the scheme with one of our team please do not hesitate to call us on 01327 350239