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

Raphael Guatteo
RAPHAEL GUATTEO

FRANCE
FRANCESCO TESTA
DVM, PHO.

Bovine practitioner

ITALY
Klaus Doll
Klaus Doll

GERMANY
Jozef Laureyns

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

ENGLAND
Juan Manuel Loste

spain
Axel Mauroy

Belgium
Volker Moennig
VOLKER MOENNIG

GERMANY
Susana Astiz
Susana Astiz
PhD, VMD, Dip ECBHM

Spain
Wiel van den Ekker
Wiel Van den Ekker

The Netherlands

all cases

  • Young stock losses lead to BVD been identified in a dairy herd

    Timothy Ferry

    Between August 2015 and beginning January 2016 a 240 Holstein cow dairy herd had seen treatment and mortality rates increased in the group housed pre-weaned calves. Bovine respiratory disease (BRD) and neonatal diarrhea treatment rates were estimated to have increased from 5% to 50% and from 10% to 20% respectively. From farm records pre weaning mortally from May to July 2015 was 3% and 8% in November to December 2015. No increase in abortions or stillbirths was reported.

  • When BVD is on farm ‘every problem under the sun’ has a bigger impact

    Treenie Bowser

    This case shows the importance of BVD as an underlying disease which must be eradicated from a farm to ensure that all other disease control protocols also have a successful outcome.

  • Culling PI calves is essential as they are always a risk

    Joris Somers

    A block calving dairy herd from south Co. Carlow, Ireland referred two calves to the University Veterinary Hospital with neurological signs and a history of smaller than normal calves.