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Episode #3. Protecting Your Herd from BVDV

Good BVDV management requires monitoring, an effective biosecurity program and vaccination. Learn the merits of bulk milk testing for the virus in dairies, how to safely add replacement heifers to the herd, successful vaccine strategies and more.

In a three-pronged approach to BVDV management, Dr. Chis Chase shares why bulk-milk testing can be an effective screening tool In large dairy herds, but not for smaller operations. In terms of biosecurity, Dr. Chase shares his recommendations for how to safely merge replacement heifers into your existing herd.

You’ll also learn about BVDV vaccination timing — when is the best time for modified-live-virus vaccines and when should inactivated vaccines be used. Dr. Chase also shares new findings on the emergence of BVDV type 1b, and why your vaccine should include protection against this subtype. He’ll also discuss the role of the Singer strain of type 1a in vaccines and how it can provide additional protection against BVDV 1b.

Your veterinarian can play a key role in developing an effective BVDV vaccination strategy, including how to help pregnant animals develop plenty of antibodies for the colostrum, to help new calves off to a strong start.