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Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

BVD is one of the most important diseases of cattle in terms of economic cost and welfare, causing abortion, infertility, failure to thrive and even death.  Further information about BVD

Eradication Scheme

The Scottish Government is supporting an ambitious industry-led scheme to eradicate BVD from Scotland.  This has been developed in a partnership including representatives of the livestock industry, veterinary profession, science sector and government.  The Scottish BVD Eradication Scheme

ScotEID BVD Database

All the breeding herds in Scotland are listed on ScotEID with their current BVD status.  The same applies to all cattle registered as being located in Scotland.  To check the herd status for any CPH in Scotland, go to the ScotEID “BVD lookup” page and simply enter the CPH and click the “query database” button.  https://www.scoteid.com/lookup.  There is no need to log in to get this information.

You can use the same page to search for an individual animal’s BVD status.  As long as you have the official ear tag number and the animal is registered as being in Scotland, ScotEID will give you the animal’s BVD status.  This is useful if you are planning to bring animals in to your herd, including hired bulls, or if you want to check the status of an individual before you move it off your holding.

To get detailed information about your own holding, including looking up all your animals in a single list, you will need to log in to ScotEID.  If you do not already have a user name and password, you can register with ScotEID for free at  https://www.scoteid.com/user/register.

Current Situation in Scotland

For the most up to date information on BVD eradication in Scotland please see the What's New page.

Since the introduction of the BVD eradication scheme, we have seen the level of exposure of the disease reduce from 40% to around 10 % of herds having a ‘not negative’ status. The continual decrease in levels is a strong indication that farmers are taking steps to eliminate the disease where found. 

In total around 5,000 Persistently Infected (PI) animals have been identified and the vast majority of these are now dead. The results give us a great platform to continue working with our industry to control BVD and the industry is to be congratulated for their participation in the on-going fight against this economically important disease.

There are large regional differences in the levels of exposure to the disease. The map below shows BVD exposure levels by county on the basis of the percentage of herds that have tested not-negative. Those counties with darker areas have a greater level of exposure to the disease. At the moment South West Scotland shows the highest levels of exposure.

BVD map 2018


Handy Links

ScotEID BVD lookup

Standard Laboratory Submission Forms (Vet)

Standard Laboratory Submission Forms (Farmer)

List of Approved Laboratories

Guidance for Farmers

Guidance for Vets

Online CPD Module for Vets instructions on how to create an account to access the CPD Module can be found in the registration guide