Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus – Kentucky Cattle News: March 2018
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Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus – Kentucky Cattle News: March 2018

September 9, 2019

At this year’s Beef Efficiency Conference during the KCA Convention, we talked with Dr. Daniel Givens from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. He talked about important biosecurity considerations for your herd including BVD and vaccinating. BVD, which is an acronym for Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus. It’s an interesting virus that causes problems in cow/calf herds throughout the southeastern United States and throughout the entire United States. One of the critical aspects of understanding this virus, is it causes reproductive problems. It causes infertility. It causes abortions. It causes the birth of weak calves. And it causes calves that once they’re born in the stocker or feedlot operations, can be immuno-sepressed and more likely to get respiratory disease. For that heifer on your operation, would encourage vaccination as early as four months. Certainly at weening. Mainly those vaccines are going to protect against the respiratory disease. But then once that animal is weened, optimally we would desire to see two doses of a modified live product. Whether we’re talking Express or Pyramid or Bovi-shield. A modified live product that has been shown to provide fetal protection against BVD. For a full video report of the Beef Efficiency Conference and to hear comments from the other speakers, visit the KCA Youtube and Facebook page. And plan to attend next year’s conference.

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