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BVD Free Challenge 2019 "What would you do with $4,000?"

Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is an infectious cattle disease that costs New Zealand's 25,000 beef farmers and 12,000 dairy farmers more than $150 million per year in direct production losses or about $4,000 per farm.  Several European countries have already successfully eradicated the disease bringing big benefits to their cattle industries.

From February 1st 2019, the BVD Free New Zealand project is challenging farmers and veterinarians across the country to get involved in determining how much impact BVD control could have on their herds. The "BVD Free Challenge 2019" includes a number of challenges designed to help farmers build and budget in BVD management plans for their herd while in turn helping to build the business case for permanently eradicating BVD from New Zealand. 

Every challenge completed before 31st December 2019 will earn additional entries into the cash prize draw with prizes worth a total of $15,000!  Signup here to receive our E-mail Newsletter announcing upcoming challenges.




"We have the tests. We have the tools. What are we waiting for?"

Find out why BVD is bad news for your business and what we can do to control it.
See who supports BVD Free New Zealand project and why they're behind it.
Join the BVD Free Campaign 2019 for your chance to win up to $15,000 in cash prizes

BVD Free - Midway Memo

The past 18 months have been an exciting journey as we continue to work towards presenting the business case for BVD eradication in July 2019 and developing the resources needed to support industry with the long-term management of this economically important disease by the end of the BVD Free research programme in J

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BVD could be "baaa-d" news for sheep and beef farmers

Traditionally bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) has been considered a disease of cattle. Recently however, it has been reported to cause infections in many other species including sheep, deer, alpacas, llamas and pigs.

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Is BVD hiding in your backyard?

Protecting your herd against the significant health impacts of bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) starts with knowing your BVD status and then taking appropriate steps to get and keep BVD out of your farm boundaries.

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BVD free, but still breaking the bank

When we talk about the economic benefits of national bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) control, we have a strong tendency to focus strictly on the direct production impacts for the 65% of beef herds and 35% of dairy herds that are believed to be actively infected.  And not without good reason – even using conservat

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