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Control of IBR and BVD in AI bulls by PCR on semen - OD0340

The objectives of this research are to develop rapid and highly sensitive test for the detection of IBR and BVD viruses in semen. Both tests wil be used to screen bulls at AI centres, to see if existing control measures have correctly excluded all vius shedders. The use of the BVD test will also show if any bulls are semen positive despite being seropositive, aphenomemon that has only recently been reproted for the first time.

The relevance to MAFF policy is:

Improve control of IBR and BVD and AI centres thereby enchancing prospects
for export of semen and reducing the risks of expensive disease outbreaks.

Compliance and harmonisation with moves within the EU to control IBR and
BVD in relation to AI centres.

More cost-effective surveillance of AI bulls.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Control of IBR and BVD in A1 buls by PCR on semen and bulk   (968k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1999

To: 2002

Cost: £178,040
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Veterinary Laboratories Agency
Animal Diseases              
Animal Health              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health