Modelling and costing BVD outbreaks in beef herds

G J Gunn, A W Stott, R W Humphry

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Results from an epidemiological model of an outbreak of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) within a Scottish beef suckler herd are presented. These results concurred with field observations and encouraged us to fulfill the objective of providing an estimate of losses due to BVD to assist decision makers. Using the output from the model, estimates were made of losses associated with the outbreak. Without taking into account any financial premiums associated with disease-free status, the estimate of pound 37 (58) mean loss per cow per annum suggests that health schemes and vaccination should be of immediate financial interest to farmers and veterinary advisors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-9
Number of pages7
JournalVeterinary Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004


  • Animals
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhea-Mucosal Disease
  • Cattle
  • Decision Support Techniques
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Meat
  • Scotland
  • Vaccination


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