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BVD HerdCheck Beef

What is it?

A CHeCS approved annual BVD surveillance scheme for beef herds costing £75 + VAT per year (excluding tag & testing costs).

Why enrol on to BVD HerdCheck Beef?

The signs of BVD may go unnoticed on your farm if you have animals infected with the virus. Equally, if you don’t have BVD present then your herd will be at risk from infection and needs to be protected. This service offers a dynamic picture of the BVD status of your herd by assessing both the levels of the virus and the immune response to it.

What are the benefits?

Determining which scenario your herd falls under for BVD status will help assess the need for biosecurity measures, vaccination and further monitoring that are most suited and therefore most effective for your herd.

What is involved?

All calves born on the farm, both dead or alive, will need to be tissue sampled using a Tag & Test kit, we recommend our sister company Nordic Star for these. You will also need to submit 10 blood samples from each management group of youngstock aged between 9 and 18 months old. Additional blood samples over the 10 per year will incur additional costs of £4.12 per sample.

Why tag dead calves?

It is important that ALL calves born on the premises are tagged (even those that will not be kept for replacements) to ensure that any PIs are identified quickly to limit damage from the virus. It is recommended that dead calves, still-born and aborted foetuses are tested by tagging with a management tag. As they could have died as a result of BVD virus and can provide important information about the dam.

What happens next?

If you’d like to participate in this surveillance scheme, download an order form,complete and return it to us by email to milk@nationalmilklabs.co.uk.
 

Order Form


Please ensure that you have discussed BVD surveillance with your vet to make sure this scheme is right for your farm. The blood samples can be sent to us at any point in the year, but we would recommend you send them in as soon as possible. The status of your surveillance can be viewed on Herd Companion at any time.