BVD CONSULT

Quantification of economic losses consecutive to infection of a dairy herd with bovine viral diarrhoea virus

Unit of Animal Health Management, Veterinary School – INRA, BP 40706, 44307 Nantes Cedex 03, France

Abstract

Production losses and treatment expenditures consecutive to bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection in a dairy herd were calculated by partial budgeting based on published estimates of production effects. Overall costs (losses plus expenditures) resulted in a decreased gross margin of €10.7 and 19.0 per 1000 l of milk for an average and severe infection, respectively. With a milk quota system allowing no lease of quota, assuming adjustment of the herd size by the farmer to produce the quota, decrease in gross margin was limited to €7.9 and 13.9 per 1000 l of milk.

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This article was published in Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 72, Christine Fourichon, François Beaudeau, Nathalie Bareille and Henri Seegers, Quantification of economic losses consecutive to infection of a dairy herd with bovine viral diarrhoea virus, 177-181, Copyright Elsevier 2005.