Invitation: Supporting Scotland’s Bovine Viral Diarrhoea eradication programme


1400h-1500h Thursday 21st June 2018 Scottish Government Pavilion Avenue J, Stand 149 (near Ingliston House / East Entrance)


Find out why industry continues to drive forward the BVD eradication programme in Scotland and how data underpins the scientific evidence supporting development of BVD legislation. The event brings together EPIC (Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks), ScotEID, NFUS and Scottish Government’s Animal Health and Welfare Division.

Invited speakers will share their role and views in working towards a BVD Free Scotland (25 mins total).


Event Chair: Lisa Boden, EPIC Deputy Director

NFUS Vice President Gary Mitchell: Why is the BVD eradication programme so important to cattle and dairy farmers? How can farmers and their vets help eradicate BVD from the national herd?

ScotEID and SAOS Deputy Chief Executive Bob Yuill: Adding value through access to user friendly data recording to inform farmers, marts and abattoirs about livestock health status.

EPIC Director Professor Dominic Mellor: A multi-disciplinary approach to BVD control bringing together molecular biology, social science, economics and mathematical modelling.

Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland Sheila Voas: The role of policy in developing Scotland’s BVD eradication programme led by industry and supported by science. What’s to come in Stage 5 and how can a BVD free Scotland be achieved?


Following the brief talks, representatives from EPIC, NFUS, ScotEID, and policy leads will be available to discuss ideas and issues around BVD in Scotland over refreshments. ScotEID and EPIC scientists will be hosting a joint exhibition with interactive display at the SAOS building (7th Avenue ) highlighting the role of data collected on farms, at marts and in abattoirs in protecting Scotland’s livestock from disease. ScotEID staff will be available to answer farmers’ questions about their on-line BVD status checker and recording animal movements.


Farmers, veterinarians, industry leaders, industry suppliers/services, cattle breed societies, hauliers, retail buyers and auctioneers. Everyone has a role to play in supporting the BVD eradication scheme and will benefit from a better informed view of the programme.


Opportunities to:

  • Obtain up- to-date information on the BVD eradication programme in Scotland.
  • Understand the complementary roles of industry, data providers, scientists and policy-makers who are working together towards freedom from BVD in Scotland.
  • Ask questions and discuss the BVD eradication with industry leaders, policy makers, scientists and programme administrators.
  • Understand the BVD control and eradication strategy in Scotland and how it helps farmers and their vets to achieve/ maintain BVD negative status and drive Scotland’s national herd towards disease freedom.


Ian Hutchinson (EPIC Project KE Officer) ian.hutchinson@sruc.ac.uk :

Tel: 01463 246070 Mob: 07717 061136

Further information about EPIC Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks website www.epicscotland.org and Twitter @EpicScotland 

Background to the BVD eradication programme in Scotland:

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

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. 

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. [From Scottish Government BVD pages]

Background on EPIC Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreak:

EPIC is a consortium involving 7 Scottish research institutions (University of Glasgow, Scotland’s Rural Collage, Roslin Institute, Moredun Research Institute, BioSS, The James Hutton Institute and University of Edinburgh Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security) and some 40 researchers and support staff working either full or part-time on the project. www.epicscotland.org

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