Dr. Dan Givens, Auburn University, encourages producers to work with their veterinarians to design targeted strategies for BVDV testing and intervention in their operations. If testing detects BVDV in the herd, he says producers should implement appropriate protocols to minimize the negative impact of infection or eliminate circulating virus on the farm. If BVDV is not present in the herd, he advises producers to implement appropriate protocols to keep their herd free of BVDV, and to set a schedule for re-testing and re-evaluating control strategies. Givens says a targeted control program starts with obtaining a proper test at the proper time on the proper sample from the proper animal, followed by:
- Properly removing animals that test positive.
- Properly preventing exposure to the virus.
- Properly vaccinating the proper animal at the proper time.
“Appropriate management practices and vaccination protocols should be selected specifically for each farm,” he says, “to maximize animal health and profitability in the face of unique disease risk.”