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

Jozef Laureyns

Volker Moennig

John Fishwick

Klaus Doll
Klaus Doll

Raphael Guatteo

Susana Astiz
Susana Astiz

Axel Mauroy

Juan Manuel Loste


Bovine practitioner

Wiel van den Ekker
Wiel Van den Ekker

The Netherlands

all cases

  • The Case of the Cow Leandra and Her Daughter Jamaicana

    Igor Ajuriaguerra

    The case starts with a call from a dairy farmer requesting a reproductive control service, specified on the day of the visit. We arrived at a farm with 80 adult cows, animals that
    had given birth at least once, 16 heifers under one year old and 22 heifers over one year but under 32 months. The farmer hired us to perform a reproductive control on the herd. We started by taking data, case history... It seemed that the number of young animals was small for the number of adult cows.

  • Are beef cows more prone to the infection? Possible bias in BVD fetal infection capacity due to bovine breed

    Margarita García Liñeira

    We observed 50% of PI births in the case of the Rubia Gallega breed, whereas this percentage was 20% in the Holstein herd. Is it possible that BREED influences the likelihood of breeding a PI fetus?”

  • Impressive PI production capacity of BVD virus: more than 20% of PIs in an outbreak in a herd with 170 dairy cows in milk

    Margarita García Liñeira

    “I have a lot of doubts about what happened on this farm: a BVD clinical picture that I have never seen in my vast professional experience with BVD, in which PI
    outbreak occurs usually in a short period of time and just few PI animals are detected.”

  • Herd BVD outbreak persisted during the years, until definitive control with a new vaccination plan in 2016

    Sofía Vázquez

    Dairy farm with 105 milking cows in Lugo, Galicia, Spain. It was a BVD-negative farm, aware of biosecurity, applying BVD-Ag-analysis to all bought animals. Good managed farm, with genetically high value cows, producing and selling embryos.

  • Chronic testicular infection during a BVD outbreak in a suckler herd

    Joan Pineda Bosh

    The suspected source of introducing the outbreak was through colostrum of an afterwards BVD-positive confirmed cow from another herd. But this was not confirmed.

  • PI Animal, A Sign That Calls for Testing and Vaccination of Entire Herd

    Sergio Ruiz Cordero

    “Given the farm’s recent history, I suspected it could be a new case of mucosal disease in a PI animal, which is why we tested all animals older than 3 months on the farm for BVD antibodies, and those that were negative we then tested for BVD antigen.”