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

FRANCESCO TESTA
DVM, PHO.

Bovine practitioner

ITALY
Susana Astiz
Susana Astiz
PhD, VMD, Dip ECBHM

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

ENGLAND
Jozef Laureyns

Juan Manuel Loste

spain
Volker Moennig
VOLKER MOENNIG

GERMANY
Wiel van den Ekker
Wiel Van den Ekker

The Netherlands
Klaus Doll
Klaus Doll

GERMANY
Raphael Guatteo
RAPHAEL GUATTEO

FRANCE
Axel Mauroy

Belgium

all cases

  • BVD Control at Watergate Farm, North Yorkshire

    Katherine Lumb

    Watergate Farm, near Harrogate is a great example of a farm that has worked hard to eradicate BVD from their herd and are now seeing and feeling the benefits of being BVD free. The Baul family are milking a closed herd of just short of 200 pedigree Holsteins calving all year round and averaging just over 9,000 litres milk sold/cow/year. Over the last year calving interval has been as low as 402 days all cows are served by AI to mainly black and white sexed semen.

  • Buying in a pregnant heifer resulted in a PI born in a beef herd

    Ali Haggerty

    A beef herd which had previously been considered free of BVD was found to have a positive young stock check test in 2012.

  • The financial costs of a BVD dairy herd

    Angela Damaso

    Farmers must be encouraged to start and finish a committed BVD eradication program to prevent high economic losses associated with the disease. Vets should be encouraged to carry out risk management analyses and engage in business analyses to demonstrate and discuss the benefits and the costs involved in disease interventions in each specific farm, including vaccination programs.