The fifth national BVD survey is now live and organiser Boehringer Ingelheim is urging producers to take part by looking out for survey forms in agricultural publications and to check their email.
The survey form is also available at www.bvdsurvey.co.uk.
The closing date for forms is January 31, 2020, and 10 lucky entrants will be selected, with each winning an Ultimate Ears Boom 3 Bluetooth waterproof speaker (pictured). The annual BVD survey gathers information from all parts of the UK and all types of cattle farming system to get a snapshot of what producers are doing on their units to control and eradicate this costly disease.
The information gathered is analysed and can be important when it comes to developing future policy.
Since the survey began five years ago, a lot has changed in terms of BVD control:
BVD eradication schemes exist in all parts of the UK
Testing and surveillance options have improved
Data showing herd BVD status is widely available
Markets and auction houses support clear identification of stock
Clear price bonuses exist for stock of known BVD virus status