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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

BVD is a nasty, sometimes hidden viral disease that is known to cause infertility, pneumonia, abortions, stillbirths, weak or deformed calves and immunosuppression. Getting rid of this scoundrel of the cowherd is doable… but it takes persistence and a plan here are numerous diseases and health issues that can impact profi tability in a cow herd. One that can sneak up on a rancher without warning and cause big-time economic problems is Bovine Viral Diarrhea, or BVD. BVD is a viral disease that is known to cause infertility in a herd and have other reaching effects on cows BY RHONDA MCCURRY • PHOTOS BY TIM O’BYRNE including pneumonia, abortions, stillbirths, weak or deformed calves and immunosuppression. It can also impact calves, lowering their immune systems, making them susceptible to pneumonia and diarrhea. Bottom line is that this complicated disease can be managed and in order to do so, eradication of BVD should be a goal in every cow herd across the country. Dr. Summer Hansen, veterinarian at Powder River Veterinary Hospital and Supply, Kaycee, Wyoming, says BVD is not obvious. A rancher may see clinical signs of diarrhea, or the herd might have a subclinical infection with no visible signs. When a bred cow is infected early in gestation the disease will be transmitted to the fetus, which can cause early embryonic death. Depending on time of gestation when infection occurs the result T 52 I WORKING RANCH I NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017


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