BVD Free Challenge 2019

Join the BVD Free Campaign 2019

Challenge 1: Have Your Say Survey

Tell us how you manage BVD.

Challenge 2: Build a BVD Plan

Use our tools to build a BVD plan.

Challenge 3: Test Calves at Weaning

Help us determine if screening tests can be used on calves at weaning.

Challenge 4: Review the Business Case

Test our BVD simulation model online.

Challenge 5: Share Your Lab Samples

Testing cattle for BVD virus?

BVD Free Challenge 2019

The Race to Build the BVD Business Case

BVD has been estimated to cost industry more than $150 million each year or about $4,000 per farm.  We’re challenging New Zealand farmers and veterinarians to find out how much of a difference BVD control could make for their businesses in 2019 and beyond.

Complete the following challenges from 1st February 2019 through 15th December 2019 for your chance to win cash prizes worth a total of $15,000. Each challenge you complete will earn you more entries into the final prize draws held on  31st December 2019.  See below for terms and condition.





Farmers must  be currently residing in New Zealand and own or manage cattle herds that are registered in the National Animal Identification and Tracing (NAIT) system.  This includes commercial dairy herds, commercial beef herds, graziers, heifer rearers, and lifestyle blocks.


Veterinarians must be registered to practice with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ) and be currently residing in New Zealand.

* Note: Individuals may only register for the BVD  Free Challenge 2019 as either a farmer OR a veterinarian


Earning Entries

Each of the challenges is worth a different number of entries into the prize draw depending on what is involved in completing them.  Farmers and veterinarians will be both eligible to complete the  challenges. You can keep track of your total number of entries by registering on the BVD Free website.  All entries must be received before 31st December 2019 at 5:00 pm to be eligible for the prize draw.



Separate prize draws for farmers and veterinarians will be held on 31st December 2019 with the winners announced on 1st January 2020 on the project website.  The winners will be selected at random from  the pool of available entries and each individual is eligible to receive ONE of the following prizes:


Data Privacy and Confidentiality

Any data you provide will be stored  on secured password-protected servers  with access restricted to the BVD Free New Zealand project team only.  All summary information from the project will be reviewed by the national BVD Steering Committee prior to dissemination and presented in a manner that does not permit the identification of individual farmers, veterinarians, or businesses unless express written consent has been obtained from the individual(s). Participants have the right to withdraw from the project at any time.

Information Pack

More details on the competition and challenges can be found by downloading the 'Get Involved' guide below.

Download Guide