BVDFree England is a voluntary industry-led scheme, working to eliminate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from all cattle in England by 2022.
It celebrates its 2nd anniversary this month, and the first farms to register 2 years ago will now be eligible for the new ‘BVDFree Test Negative’ herd status.
- BVD is a complicated disease with a simple solution:
- Identify and remove all PI animals from the national herd
Prevent the creation of new PIs BVDFree England members agree to:
- Actively engage in BVD control and elimination in the herd
- Report all BVD test results to the national database
- Allow individual/herd results to be accessible through the BVDFree England database
- Not move Persistently Infected (PI) animals other than directly to slaughter (or through a dedicated red slaughter market)
So far, just under 1,200 holdings have registered. This is a good start, but there’s a long way to go – there are about 6,500 holdings in England. If you want to know more, ask your vet, or visit the website and register free online.
BVDFree England Herd Status Categories
- CHeCS BVD accredited-free – An accredited BVD-free herd through a CHeCS cattle health scheme.
- BVDFree Test Negative Herd Status – Testing done as per 2 the BVDFree guidelines has demonstrated 2 consecutive years of negative results. Veterinary advice has been given on how to prevent new BVD infection entering the herd.
- BVDFree Registered – A holding registered with BVDFree and implementing the testing protocols outlined by BVDFree England.
- BVDFree Not Registered – A holding not registered with the BVDFree scheme