Why test for BVD-PI cattle?
Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) is arguably one of the most costly viral diseases we see in cattle worldwide. Animals that are persistently infected (PI) with BVDV are considered the major reservoir for continual transmission of the virus.
PI’s shed so many virus particles that vaccines may be less effective against the high challenge.
BVDV suppresses the immune system, making the animal susceptible to many infections.
The cost associated with PI’s is $67 per animal, in reduced performance and increased mortality.
PI’s are not visibly recognizable, the only way to find them is to test for them.
BVDV can be spread by any ruminant including deer and antelope.
Testing can give you a marketing advantage when selling the cattle.
Tri-County Vet Clinic, Herington, is an affiliated lab with Central States Testing.