BVD is a serious welfare and economic problem for cattle farmers as the disease can cause abortion, infertility and poor performance in herds. Worryingly it is present in over 90% of UK dairy and beef herds presenting a serious threat to the health and productivity of your cattle. A free evening meeting dealing with the control of BVD will be held at the Lodge, Carfraemill on Wednesday, November 14, at 7.30pm.
During this meeting Dr Kim Willoughby from Moredun Research Institute will outline the principal signs of the disease and how it spreads before describing some of the control and prevention options available in relation to the main cattle production systems, including vaccination and cattle health schemes.
She will be joined by Nigel Miller, president of NFU Scotland who will talk about the new national BVD eradication scheme. Nigel Miller commented, “This eradication scheme is a genuine opportunity for Scotland to rid its cattle herds of the scourge of BVD. I firmly believe that we are well on the way to helping all Scotland’s cattle producers tackle the threat posed by BVD, reap the economic benefits that eradication will deliver at farm level and reach the worthy goal of seeing Scotland achieve disease-free status.”
Emma Patterson from the Scottish Government will explain what’s required of farmers in terms of testing as part of the BVD eradication plan, and provide details of the measures being introduced to help farmers get and stay BVD-free.