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?

Challenge 2: Build a BVD Plan


To help farmers and veterinarians asses the current BVD situation in their cattle herds and develop a new BVD management plan for the 2019/2020 season using planning worksheets developed in partnership with the national BVD Steering Committee.


Open 1st March 2019 to 31st May 2019


Completing this challenge will earn 10 entries into the prize draw.  The first 500 eligible beef farms to register can receive a FREE youngstock antibody screening test to help kick off BVD discussions.


  • Veterinarians must be registered to practice with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand (VCNZ)
  • Farmers must  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 block owners.


Participation in the 500 FREE youngstock screening tests

Follow the link below to check the eligibility of your herd and download the certificate of eligibility. This certificate will need to be signed and attached to the Gribbles submission form. 

Check eligibility and download certificate

Completion of the BVD Management Plan

Work with your veterinarian to build and budget a BVD management plan for your herd for the 2019/2020 season.  This can either be done online or by downloading a pdf version below and either e-mailing a copy to, or mailing a copy to: 




Why is this research important?

BVD is a common infectious cattle disease in New Zealand that can significantly impact animal health, welfare and production. With as many as 65% of beef herds and 35% of dairy herds actively infected with BVD, the chances are high that your herd has a current problem with BVD or is at risk of getting infected. Developing a good management plan to get and keep BVD out your business will help improve 2019/2020 bottom line.

Information Sheet

Summary details about the 'Build a BVD Plan' Challenge can be found by downloading the Information Sheet below.

Download Information Sheet