Field Studies

Optimising BVD Control in Beef Herds

National Campaign

Building the National BVD Picture

Business Case

Evaluating National Eradication Options

The BVD Free Research Programme

Building a Community to Support BVD management

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) is one of the only infectious diseases that we completely eradicate from cattle farms using the currently available diagnostic tests and vaccines.  However, there are still many unanswered questions about the best strategies for applying them on individual farms or how much the industry could save long-term if New Zealand adopted a national control programme. Rather than take a one-size-fits-all approach like many European countries, we recognize that every farm has a unique management situation and unique risk factors for BVD that will determine the optimal BVD control programme.

BVD Free Research Programme

The BVD Free research programme involves collecting more data about how BVD currently impacts New Zealand farms and what control measures would be practical for individual herds. This information will be used to build a computer simulation model that will allow us to explore the long term costs and benefits of different potential national eradication approaches. The findings will be presented as a business case to industry in July 2019 so that farmers, government, and industry can decide on the best strategy moving forward. 

Field Studies National Campaign Business Case


BVD Free Project Timeline

We have just about finished our field studies to learn more about how BVD impacts beef herds and what best-practice BVD management means for pastoral cattle herds. Join the BVD Free Challenge 2019 to help us finishing building the business case for BVD eradication in July 2019.

Read our Research Review

See what we've found in the first 18 months of the project in our Research Review - Feb 2019 edition.