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Elimination of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus from cattle herds in England


Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) virus is endemic in cattle herds in England. BVD is a cause of animal health, welfare and economic losses on infected farms. Most herds will have been infected with BVD virus or are at constant risk of re-introduction of disease due to unknowingly moving PI animals, infection from neighbouring farms or contact with infected animals at markets and shows.

The Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG) identified BVD control as a priority for the cattle industry. CHAWG has been working collaboratively to develop a national programme for BVD eradication. Nigel Gibbens, UK Chief Veterinary Officer, has indicated his full support for the statement of intent and urged the continuation of the work together on BVD, in communities and nationally, with farmers working with veterinary practices.

The organisations, which sit on the national BVD steering group, signed up to a statement of intent on BVD control and elimination and many organisations have added their support.

BVD Statement of Intent

We the undersigned recognise BVD as one of the biggest disease issues facing the cattle industry currently and one which is in the hands of the sector to control and eradicate. We fully back the eradication of BVD from the national cattle herd.

National Farmers Union (NFU)


The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society

Action for BVD Control – Staffordshire and Derbyshire

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB)

Allflex Europe (UK) Ltd

Animal Health Distributors Association (AHDA)

Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (AMTRA)

Arla Foods Ltd

Ayrshires Cattle Society

Barclays Agriculture

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI)

Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society

British Blue Cattle Society

British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA)

British Cattle Breeders Club

British Charolais Cattle Society

British Dairying

British Limousin Cattle Society

British Simmental Cattle Society

British Veterinary Association (BVA)

Caisley Eartag Limited

Cattle Health Certification Standards (CHeCS)

Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG)

Cattle Information Services

The Centre for Dairy Information (CDI)

Coombe Farm

The Cooperative Food

Countryside Services Ltd


Dairy Science Forum

Dairy Veterinary Consultancy Ltd

Dalton tags Ltd

Derbyshire Veterinary Services Ltd

Devon Cattle Breeders Society / Red Ruby Devon Cattle

Dovecote Park Ltd.

Duchy College Rural Business School


Evidence Based Veterinary Consultancy (EBVC)

Farmers Guardian

Farmers Weekly

Genus Breeding

Hi Health Herdcare, Biobest Laboratories Ltd

The Hereford Cattle Society

The Highland Cattle Society

Holstein UK

Innovation for Agriculture (IfA)

The Jersey Cattle Society of the UK

Kingston Maurward College

Kite Consulting

Landex – Land Based Colleges Aspiring to Excellence


Lincoln Red Cattle Society

Livestock Auctioneers Association (LAA)

MacVet Ltd

Meadow Quality

Meadows Farm Vets Ltd.

Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL)

Merial Animal Health

MiFarm Vets

Montbeliarde UK

Moredun Group

MSD Animal Health (MSD)

Myerscough College


Müller Milk & Ingredients www.mü

National Beef Association (NBA)

National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC)

National Milk Laboratories (NML)

National Milk Records (NMR)

National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)

NationWide Laboratory Services

Nottingham University Dairy Herd Health Group

NWF Agriculture

The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (OMSCo)

Pasture-Fed Livestock Association

Peter Jones Livestock Ltd

Promar International

Quicktag Ltd

Raft Solutions

Rare Breed Survival Trust

Red Poll Cattle Society

Red Tractor

Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF)

Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE)

Royal Agricultural University

Royal Veterinary College (RVC)

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

Roxan Livestock Identification

SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (SACCVS),



Shearwell Data

Shepherd Publishing Ltd

Shorthorn Society of the UK & Ireland

South Devon Herd Book Society

The Stabiliser™ Cattle Company

Sterling Sires Ltd

The UK Approved Livestock Identification Manufacturers’ Association


Towcester Farm Vets

University of Bristol, School of Veterinary Sciences

University of Liverpool, Division of Livestock Health and Welfare, School of Veterinary Science



Waitrose Dairy Farmers

Waitrose Farming Partnership

Westpoint Farm Vets

Women in Dairy


Any organisation wishing to add its support to the BVD Statement of Intent can do so by contacting Derek Armstrong, AHDB, (email:

More information can be obtained from the website

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