We want to introduce a new initiative, which we think will help make the BVD vaccination process easier. Introducing BVD Day!
In the past couple of years, there have been many BVD initiatives brought to the industry to try and reduce the presence of BVD in UK Cattle herds. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVD) is very common in UK cattle with surveys showing it is present on approximately 95% of farms and that roughly 65% of adult cattle have encountered the virus and have detectable antibodies.
Through tag and tested youngstock and sampling, we do feel like we are making progress at hunting out PI’s in herds (still plenty to go at though!). As well as finding BVD, we’ve also got to keep on top of vaccination to ensure it doesn’t find its way into herds.
This has come about since looking into the number of our clients who currently vaccinate for BVD but have since lapsed or have broken their vaccination protection due to timings and difficulty of gathering all eligible animals.
The Bovela vaccine is an annual BVD vaccine, after its first booster it only requires administration every 12 months. Our thought is to carry out all your BVD vaccination on one day to fit in with you (e.g. the read day of your TB test – taking advantage of the handling of all eligible animals). This could save you time and reduce the risk of breaking the vaccination protection. It’s a really simple process and one where there is little or no administration for you to carry out apart from letting us know you want to take part.
For the next 12 months, we can offer you free VetTech time to administer the vaccine as part of your BVD Day. Following your first day, we will automatically plan you in for the following year. No fuss.
This obviously won’t appeal or work for everyone, but we think it’s a step in the right direction to help reduce BVD in our herds!
If you would like more information on BVD Day and the annual vaccination, please contact the practice or speak to your vet.