Friday, February 2, 2024 -- 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Recognizing and Managing Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV)

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Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) is often thought of as a disease among cattle traders or herds that are not well managed. National surveys indicate that about 2% of calves that are sold in sale barns are positive for BVDV, so it is very prevalent in the beef industry. The unborn calf can be a carrier that can bring the disease into a well managed herd. While vaccination does not prevent exposure it can decrease the severity, but there are still consequences to the performance of your herd, even from a transient exposure. Biosecurity recommends testing the cow, but negative cows can still give birth to positive calves. Recognizing the signs early can have a big impact on getting out of a bad situation. What options are out there to recognize the problem and diagnosis it. How do we make management decisions to minimize risk, and what impact will they have on the future of the herd.

This session will feature George Perry, PhD, Texas A&M University.

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