Vet’s Corner: Cattle industry fights BVD
By David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 11:57 AM CDT
Tri State Neighbor
Spring is here. Calving is progressing nicely and most areas have had sufficient moisture to begin the grazing season. This year it appears that the cattle industry has declared war on BVD.
Bovine Virus Diarrhea (BVD) is a relatively common disease in cattle that has been around for many years. Originally, BVD usually manifested in a feedlot situation and was associated with the “feedlot wreck.” Recent improvements in vaccines and the subsequent development of newer, better, more efficient testing procedures have made eradication seem possible. Scientists have improved everyone’s understanding of the disease syndrome and now we can determine the economic losses for all facets of the bovine economy.