Scotland has launched a central database showing the spread of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), as part of its ongoing disease eradication scheme.

Scotland has launched a central database showing the spread of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), as part of its ongoing disease eradication scheme.

Scotland's BVD database has now gone liveThe database went live on June 12, 2013, and allows farmers to view the BVD status results for their own herd and for each animal that has been tested.

Eligible vets will also be able to change a herd status once control measures have been taken to eradicate BVD from affected cattle.

Speaking at the British Veterinary Association’s Scottish dinner the same evening, Scotland’s rural affairs secretary Richard Lochhead said: “It’s important we tackle BVD as it can cause abortion, infertility, failure to thrive and often death – that’s why we have embarked on a BVD eradication scheme.

“Testing is a key part of the eradication scheme and the database will allow the industry to use the data to help farmers buy cattle with confidence.

“BVD eradication can improve herd health and reduce vets bills, and the database has an important role to play in this. Eradication of the disease will also save the industry an estimated £50-80 million over a 10 year period – a saving of around £16,000 per annum to the average dairy farm and £2,000 to other cattle farms.”

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