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Tuesday 17 October 2017

I get asked a lot of questions about BVD virus and have seen a lot of farmers dropping routine BVD Vaccination.

I get asked a lot of questions about BVD virus and have seen a lot of farmers dropping routine BVD Vaccination.

The BVD eradication programme is going well for the most part. However, it is not advisable to stop vaccinating as I have seen some farms do this only to get PIs the following year.

Vaccination only plays a part in controlling the disease, but it gives good protection to animals when they are at their greatest risk in early pregnancy between days 40-110.

It is very important PIs are removed quickly and biosecurity is maintained to the highest possible standards.

BVD can cause terrible health problems in any suckler herd and we must continue to try and eradicate it. So when using the vaccine make sure the last shot or booster is given four weeks before breeding for maximum effect.

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