Essential guides on cattle farming. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)
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Essential guides on cattle farming. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

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In the last decades, much research has been conducted on bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), a disease which causes a variety of clinical signs as well as deaths, abortions and huge economic losses in the cattle industry worldwide. Despite the efforts to control BVD on farms, the virus has continued to spread and is still a concern for farmers and veterinary practitioners. This guide will provide readers with essential, practical and updated knowledge to understand and fight the disease regardless of the farm’s production system. This guide has been written by Francisco J. González Rodríguez, an experienced beef and dairy cattle consultant with a special interest in bovine viral diseases and cattle management.

Francisco J. González Rodríguez

He first obtained a bachelor degree in Biology and thereafter he graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration by the Madrid Business School/Houston University (Repsol-Honda Award for Excellence in Marketing) and a Master’s degree in Virology by the UCM.

He currently works as an independent consultant in animal health and dairy and beef cattle management for several corporations in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and is responsible for marketing, training and technical activities such as epidemiological studies and clinical trials (supervision and execution). Formerly he worked for many years for the pharmaceutical industry as product manager in the livestock sector (including dairy and beef cattle) where he was involved in biological and medical products development, field research and training. He worked on the launch and follow-up of several drug products in both the pig and cattle industry. He has attended many courses in animal health, sales, marketing, negotiation, computing and leadership.

1. Why BVDVs?

History, taxonomy, and structure

Genetic variability and implications for diagnosis and disease control

Biotypes and biological importance

2. Epidemiology

Routes of transmission and biosecurity

Animal–animal transmission

Artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET)


Fomites and insects

PI animals

3. Immune system

The immune response to horizontal and vertical infections


Immune response to vaccination

Humoral immune response

Cellular immune response

Cross-protection and vaccine failure

Duration of immunity

Tips for proper vaccination

4. Clinical and subclinical forms


Clinical signs and lesions

BVDV and bovine respiratory disease

Transplacental infections

Mucosal disease

Chronic diarrhoea

Haemorrhagic syndrome

Lesions commonly observed upon field necropsy

Subclinical BVD

5. Economic impact

Effects on reproduction

Endemic infection

BVD, heifers, and beef farms

Economic models

6. Diagnosis

Epidemiological tools

Tools for individual diagnosis

Direct tests

Indirect tests

Practical interpretation of results

7. Control strategies

Biosecurity and biocontainment

Finishing farm

The Trojan cow



8. Bibliography

  • Autor/es Francisco J. González Rodríguez
  • Fecha de edición mayo 2019
  • Nº Páginas 84
  • Encuadernación Tapa blanda. Wire-o
  • Tamaño 17 X 24
  • Idioma Inglés

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