Field Studies

Optimizing 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 better BVD management decisions

Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) is one of 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.



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


Join the battle for BVD Free New Zealand today and become part of the team working to build a better future for New Zealand farm businesses without BVD.