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WHAT IS BOVINE VIRAL DIARRHEA?
BVD is a virus transmitted between animals via direct contact, much like a human flu or cold.
WHY IS IT SO SERIOUS?
BVD suppresses the animal’s immune system, enabling other disease organisms to invade. Salmonellosis, coccidiosis and other opportunistic diseases are often more prevalent in herds with BVD.
IS BVD INFECTION ALWAYS RECOGNIZABLE?
No. Calves that are infected as fetuses can become persistently infected (PI). PI animals typically show no visible signs of illness but will continue to shed the virus at a very high rate throughout their lives. These “Typhoid Mary” animals are the primary source for the spread of BVD infection in both cow herd and feedlot situations.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH BVD INFECTION?
When a PI animal is present, studies have shown that additional expenses can cost $24 per cow annually in the herd. These costs are due to treatments, spontaneous abortions, slow weight gains, low conversion rates, secondary illnesses and animal deaths.
WHY SHOULD I USE API TO SCREEN MY ANIMALS?
API uses the industry’s latest and most effective analytical methods, providing 99% accuracy and next business-day results for quick decision making.
HOW DO I KEEP BVD PI ANIMALS OUT OF MY HERD?
Follow a strict management schedule aimed at reducing infected animals while implementing a vaccination program that reduces the risk of disease.