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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

National Western Stock Show BVD Rules

BVD is the #1 cause of respiratory disease in cattle and negatively impacts reproduction as well.

New BVD-PI rule at 2008 NWSS

by Michael Fisher
CSU Area Livestock Extension Agent
December 4, 2007

Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) is a disease that usually infects cattle, but most even-toed ungulates are capable of contracting the disease. It is estimated to cost the U.S. beef industry two billion dollars each year. Some livestock with BVD may show no signs of the disease at all. Most will present mild to moderate symptoms. The degree of severity varies greatly. Infected animals may appear depressed, have a suppressed appetite, rapid breathing, snotty nose, tearing eyes, lowered milk production, fever, and diarrhea. In extremely severe...(complete article here).

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