BVD Blood Scheme
BVD is a viral disease which can infect cattle of any age. Infection of a pregnant cow or heifer can result in the birth of a persistently infected BVD positive calf.
The PCR Testing Method for detection of BVD in ear notches is also used here in the lab. This is recognised as being a highly sensitive way of detecting BVD in ear notch samples from young calves. PCR based test methods are unaffected by maternally derived antibodies from the mother’s colostrum. For more information on BVD Testing, or the Irish National BVD programme please visit the Animal Health Ireland website