With effect from 1 January 2016, all Sainsbury’s producers must, as a condition of their contracts, adhere to certain BVD control measures.
The measures include blood sampling of youngstock, bulk milk sampling and, crucially, tagging and testing all baby calves.
‘Tagging’ means that specified tags must be used when tagging a baby calf so that a notch from each calf’s ear is sent away for DNA testing. The farmer is informed within one week, whether or not the calf is persistently infected with BVD (PI).
For those farmers who have been unfortunate enough to find PIs in their herd, tagging and testing is the best way to identify and eliminate PI animals and therefore reduce and eventually prevent the passing of infection to pregnant animals.
TAGS can be purchased from a number of places: contact details for a few are shown below:
FARMERS' MEETING CAREW ARMS, CROWCOMBE WED 28/10/15
FARMERS' MEETING CAREW ARMS, CROWCOMBE WED 28 OCTOBER 7.30PM
BOVELA - THE LATEST VACCINE AGAINST BVD
We will be discussing the development of this new vaccine and explaining why it is different and why we consider it to be an improvement on previous vaccines. We will also talk about how your control of BVD can be vastly improved by combining improved management strategies with the new vaccine.
You CAN fight this disease – come along . . . and be encouraged!
Where: CAREW ARMS, Crowcombe TA4 4AD
Wednesday 28 October 2015 7.30pm
OPEN TO ALL
Bookings for places (and free hot meal) being taken now:
Phone: 01278 734828
Many thanks to Boehringer for their kind sponsorship of this meeting
BVD Meeting 3 February 2014
We had a good turnout for our meeting on BVD control and eradication on Monday 3 Febraury; thanks to all those who turned out on a pretty miserable night. The take home messages were:
- You can’t recognise a BVD persistently infected animal by just looking at it. So you can easily buy in either a persistently infected animal or a cow/heifer carrying a persistently infected calf.
- If you vaccinate, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you are protected from infection causing problems in the herd, especially if your vaccination protocol isn’t water tight.
- The best way to know your herd’s BVD status is to take bloods from a representative group of youngstock between 9 months old and vaccination age
- If you successfully eradicate BVD from your herd, this doesn’t mean that vaccination should be stopped because you are still at risk from outside infection.
- Eradicating BVD on a national level is certainly possible; it has been done successfully in other European countries. This is the direction in which the UK is now heading.
We hope you enjoyed the roast dinner served afterwards by Lethbridge Arms at Bishops Lydeard and thanks to “The National BVD Control Programme” for their sponsorship of this event.
FARMERS MEETING 3 FEB 2014 - WHY IS BVD COSTING YOUR FARM MONEY??
3 FEB 2014 FARMERS' MEETING - WHY IS BVD COSTING YOUR FARM MONEY??
BVD IS EXPENSIVE - find out why it is costing you money, how other European countries have managed to eradicate it how we plan to do the same here in the UK . . . and learn about the benefits of being BVD-FREE.
Evolution is holding a meeting to discuss all the above points. The meeting is free, is open to all (non-clients welcome) and will be held at:
The Lethbridge Arms, Bishops Lydeard TA4 3BW
Monday 3 February 2013 7.30 pm start.
Complimentary Roast Dinner for all attendees
To reserve your place:
Ring the practice on 01278 734828
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your speaker will be Sally Wilson BVMS DBR MRCVS of Evolution Farm Vets