Modelling and costing BVD outbreaks in beef herds

Vet J. 2004 Mar;167(2):143-9. doi: 10.1016/S1090-0233(03)00112-6.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhea-Mucosal Disease / economics*
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhea-Mucosal Disease / epidemiology*
  • Bovine Virus Diarrhea-Mucosal Disease / prevention & control
  • Cattle
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Disease Outbreaks / economics
  • Disease Outbreaks / veterinary*
  • Meat
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Vaccination / veterinary