Target BVDV control

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Targeted strategies help control the spread of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). If testing detects BVDV on your operation, implement protocols to minimize the negative impact of infection or eliminate circulation of the virus on your operation, says Dan Givens, veterinarian at Auburn University.

If BVDV is not present on your operation, implement protocols to keep your animals free of it and set a schedule for re-testing and re-evaluating control strategies.

Work with your veterinarian to design strategies for BVDV testing and intervention. Givens says a targeted control program starts with obtaining a proper test, followed by:

  • Removing animals that test positive.
  • Preventing exposure to the virus.
  • Vaccinating animals 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.”

Givens made these comments at the 4th U.S. BVDV Symposium held last month in Phoenix.

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