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Cattle health
Eradicating BVD in the British Isles
  1. Neil Paton,
  2. Sharon Verner,
  3. Jenny Purcell,
  4. Tim Brigstocke,
  5. Derek Armstrong,
  6. Alastair Breed and
  7. David Graham
  1. Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA
  2. Animal Health and Welfare NI, Box 10 1st Floor, Dungannon Business Cube, 2 Coalisland Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone BT71 6JT
  3. Scottish Government Animal Welfare Team, P Spur, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh EH11 3XD
  4. CHeCS, Dairy House, Unit 31, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire CV8 2LY
  5. BVDFree England, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth CV8 2TL
  6. DEFA, Thie Slieau Whallian, Foxdale Road, St John’s, Isle of Man IM4 3AS
  7. Animal Health Ireland, 4-5 The Archways, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim N41 WN27, Ireland
  1. email: npaton{at}rvc.ac.uk

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In the recent editorial ‘BVD eradication steps up a gear’ (VR, 20 July 2019, vol 185, p 67) the editor, Adele Waters, highlights the measures taken to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) across the UK. BVD is a complex disease to control and careful consideration of both the disease and the specifics of the industry within each devolved region are required to develop successful eradication strategies. Beyond the general principles of disease control, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to the eradication of BVD, or any disease for that matter.

The specifics of the programmes in each region are the end result of detailed and rigorous assessments carried out by key stakeholders …

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