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IBR

WHAT IS IT?

Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) is a virus most commonly causing respiratory symptoms. A test can be performed on individual milk samples from £1.94 + VAT or via a bulk milk sample at £6.20 + VAT.
 

WHY SHOULD YOU DO IT?

IBR can cause sudden drops in milk yield, abortion and spread through the herd quickly. Clinical signs vary but can be as little as a snotty nose to coughing and difficulty breathing. Testing can be a good option to monitor the levels of IBR in the herd, assess the risk of an outbreak to contribute towards a disease management plan and whether vaccination is required.
 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Knowing the status and potential risk of an outbreak will help you decide what action to take and react quickly.
 

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

The tests are performed by an ELISA test and can be performed on milk recording samples or separate samples sent in using one of our testing kits.
The testing can be carried out on a quarterly basis or ad-hoc. It is best to discuss your requirements with your vet to assess which option best suits your herd.
 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

If you’re an NMR recording customer, simply discuss the options with your NMR representative to bolt on the testing to your recording samples.
Or if you’d like to take some additional samples yourself before your next milk recording, then please call the office 01902 749920 to arrange the testing and we’ll send you a sampling kit.