Case Awards 2016

On 29th November, journalists from different European countries attended the BVDZero Award 2016 event held in Frankfurt. The purpose of this event was to provide a global perspective of the disease. Topics & presenters included:

  • Prevalence of Type 2 in Main European Countries, Prof Volker Moennig & Lucy Metcalfe
  • Bovela New Study on Dynamic of Immunity, Jim Roth
  • Presentations by BVDZero Award Top 3 Winnings Cases

The BVDZero Award is a recognition of cases for their exemplary detection and prevention of the disease, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Out of 45 cases that submitted from 7 countries, and carefully reviewed by the Award Committee, the following top 3 cases were rewarded on the event day.

The BVDZero Award 2016 reflected all the effort we have put into this disease, and has become an event in celebration of the steps we are taking towards a complete eradication of the disease.

Case Winners

  • Igor Ajuriaguera

    Veterinarios Asociados, Cantabria Spain

    Igor's case highlights serious negative impacts on both fertility and calf health due to BVD infection and false identification of infected cattle.

  • Katherine Lumb

    Bishopton Veterinary Group, North Yorkshire UK 

    Katherine explains the eradication of BVD at Watergate farm through establishment of good biosecurity and review of vaccination and monitoring programs in her case.

  • Angela Damaso

    The Royal Veterinary College, Department of Production and Population Health, London (UK)

    Angela's case highlights risk factors in eradication of BVD such as challenges around biosecurity, slow removal of persistently infected (PI) animals and number of naive animals due to lack of vaccination.

BVDzero Committee

John Fishwick
JOHN FISHWICK
MA, VETMB, DCHP, DIPECBHM, MRCVS

ENGLAND
Wiel van den Ekker
Wiel Van den Ekker

The Netherlands
Klaus Doll
Klaus Doll

GERMANY
Volker Moennig
VOLKER MOENNIG

GERMANY
Axel Mauroy

Belgium
Raphael Guatteo
RAPHAEL GUATTEO

FRANCE
Jozef Laureyns

FRANCESCO TESTA
DVM, PHO.

Bovine practitioner

ITALY
Susana Astiz
Susana Astiz
PhD, VMD, Dip ECBHM

Spain
Juan Manuel Loste

spain

all cases

  • Identification and elimination of PI animals is essential in addition to vaccination

    Judith Badelon

    Following the detection of circulating BVD virus, the farmer vaccinated the animals but did not detect and cull PI animals until much later. His losses were estimated at €28K.

  • A First-calf Heifer at 4 Years Old – And It Was A PI!

    Sophie Cercelet

    ELISA tests detected BVD virus in a herd of Holsteins and Charolais cattle. The presence of a PI animal was confirmed in a four-year-old primipara.

  • 80% morbidity from BVD virus causes neonatal diarrhea

    Dr. Jean-Philippe Gartioux

    “A battery of tests performed during an outbreak of neonatal diarrhea with high mortality did not detect BVD virus. Yet two PI animals were identified three months later. Identification of PI animals and vaccination led to a reduction in diarrhea cases and shorter calving intervals.”