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Russell Nemetz New Website Aids in BVDV Eradication
by Russell Nemetz, click here for bio

Program: Land & Livestock Report
Date: July 23, 2019

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Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) continues to challenge the cattle industry across the United States. Losses from just one BVDV case can cost up to $400. The virus often goes undiagnosed, but the consequences are severe, including losses from infertility, pneumonia, abortions, stillbirths, weak or deformed calves and immunosuppression.

To help producers take on this ongoing challenge, BVDVTracker.com was launched. The website’s mission is to support veterinarians, producers and industry professionals in the control of BVDV across the United States. BVDVTracker.com was developed with three defining features:

1. Nationwide heat map: BVDVTracker.com includes an interactive heat map that makes it easy to identify if BVDV Type 1b is impacting your area. Type 1b is the most prevalent subtype of BVDV in the nation. Knowing the specific subtype can help direct prevention and vaccination decisions.

2. Veterinarians and producers can report a BVDV case: Think BVDV is in your herd? You can request to submit an anonymous sample to test for infection through BVDVTracker.com. There is no treatment for BVDV, but diagnostic testing can guide successful vaccination programs. All samples submitted through BVDVTracker.com are processed by the Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory at South Dakota State University.

3. BVDV resource library: BVDV spreads easily and can span a lifetime, throughout all segments of animal development. That’s why BVDVtracker.com includes comprehensive information from industry experts on detection, prevention and treatment.

Boehringer Ingelheim created BVDVTracker.com as a tool for industry professionals in the surveillance and management of BVDV across the United States. They believe the best way to run a cattle operation is by putting the health and well-being of the animal at the top of the priority list. To find out more, visit BVDVTracker.com.

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