Bovine Viral Diarrhoea is a viral disease in cattle that causes immunosuppression and reproductive failure. The disease can reduce fertility, increase incidences of abortion and cause pneumonia in affected stock, creating drastic, long-lasting personal and financial effects on all affected client farms.
Testing happens alongside the farm’s annual TB test, and requires just five animals between nine and 18 months to be blood sampled. The samples can be posted immediately to the lab where they will be tested for BVD antibodies. If there are BVD antibodies present on the farm, then finding and removing persistently infected animals is recommended, as they can cause problems to the rest of the herd.