A seminar being held at the AgriScot event will give farmers information on how the Scottish Government intends to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea and provide advice on the benefits of the eradication programme.
A seminar being held at the AgriScot event will give farmers information on how the Scottish Government intends to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and provide advice on the benefits of the eradication programme.
Speakers at the seminar, which is sponsored by Novartis Animal Health, will include Paul Burr of Hi Health Herdcare cattle health scheme and farmer Bob Mitchell, who worked with Mr Burr and local practice, Tay Valley Vets in Perth, to control BVD on his farm.
Mr Burr said: “We will be talking about the practical steps we took to tackle BVD on a typical Scottish family-run dairy farm, and how we managed to get the problem under control over a period of 12 months.
“The Scottish Government is beginning its compulsory testing programme in December this year, with a view to having all breeding herds in Scotland declare their BVD status by the end of 2012. Armed with this knowledge, the eradication of BVD in Scotland is a realistic prospect over the subsequent months.
“To beat this disease will require teamwork between vets and farmers and taking advantage of the expertise available in a CHeCS (Cattle Health Certification Standards) registered cattle scheme will prove a cost effective solution to BVD for most farms,” he said.
Mr Mitchell will be talking about the experience of dealing with BVD from the farmers’ perspective, from detecting calf rearing problems over a five year period, screening animals for the disease and implementing a vaccination programme.
Novartis brand manager Eugene Smyth said the seminar would provide a useful introduction for farmers and vets on how to implement a BVD eradication scheme on individual farms, beginning with the testing process, and going on through to biosecurity planning, vaccination and future planning.
He said: “This seminar will be passing on vitally important information for livestock farmers and their veterinary surgeons about Scotland’s BVD eradication programme. Any farmer with cattle will have to think about taking action in the coming months.”
Other speakers at the event will include Gordon Struth from the Scottish Government, who will give an outline of the eradication programme, and Novartis Animal Health vet Saul Harvey, who will explain the role of Bovidec BVD vaccine in BVD eradication.
- AgriScot one of the UK’s leading farm business events and is being held at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on November 16, 2011. The BVD Seminar will be held in Seminar Room 2 between 3pm and 4pm.
- For more information visit www.agriscot.co.uk