The BVA has joined the 70-strong coalition of organisations from the veterinary profession, industry and science sectors and the Government to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from England ahead of the 2016 BVDFree campaign launch today (1 July).
BVDFree is the first national scheme to work towards eliminating the BVD virus from all cattle herds.
The BVD virus is transmitted in a number of ways, either through a congenital infection during pregnancy to the foetus giving rise to a persistently infected animal, or between cattle in the herd, often spread from nose-to-mouth, giving rise to various clinical signs.
It is estimated more than 90% of UK herds have had exposure to BVD.
BVA president Sean Wensley said: “The BVA is very pleased to join the BVDFree coalition, helping to build on and strengthen the excellent work already taking place to eradicate this persistent disease.
“The launch of BVDFree offers farmers and vets an opportunity to work together to improve animal welfare and farm efficiency, working towards the goal of a BVD free England.”
The campaign aims to raise awareness of BVD through social media and easy-to-remember techniques, such as the ADAM process:
- Assess the level of biosecurity and disease risk on farm.
- Define the BVD status of your herd.
- Action plan for control of BVD on farm put in place.
- Monitor progress – annual status check.
More information about the BVDFree scheme and how to register can be found by visiting bvdfree.org.uk