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Consistent approach needed to tackle BVD

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By Adele Waters

Some progress is being made on tackling bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) across the UK but it is very much a mixed picture and there is a need to align actions and ensure a consistent approach.

That was the general consensus at a special BVDZero congress in Cardiff earlier this month.

Vets, vet nurses and farmers from across the UK gathered to assess progress on eradicating the disease at a one-day congress organised by Boehringer Ingelheim, the company behind the online BVDZero information platform.

England and Wales currently lag behind Scotland and Northern Ireland in tackling BVD. At an alignment meeting the day before the congress, key players in the ‘BVDFree’ movement (a voluntary eradication programme) agreed to work together to produce a report that sets out the different approaches used by each administration and identify successful strategies for universal uptake.

In light of success in Northern Ireland, which has reduced BVD prevalence by around 40 to 50 per cent since 2013, Wales may consider legislation to strengthen disease …

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