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Specialist Training To Eradicate BVD

24 February 2011

SCOTLAND, UK - Vets are being offered specialist training in a bid to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from Scotland’s cattle herds.

The Scottish Government has invested £3,000 to provide reduced cost training to vets wishing to attend a professional development day in Perth on March 10.

The event is organised by the British Cattle Veterinary Association, and will help delegates create strategies to tackle BVD infection with farmers and understand the Scottish BVD Eradication Scheme. The event will cover virology, diagnostics and disease control, as well as looking from a farmers’ perspective and focussing on dairy and beef. Speakers include newly-elected NFUS President Nigel Miller, George Caldow of SAC, Paul Burr of Biobest and BVD expert Peter Nettleton.

BVD is present in around 40 per cent of herds in Scotland and causes abortion, infertility, failure to thrive and often death.

Ridding Scotland of BVD would generate an additional £50 million to £80 million for the industry over ten years.

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