Bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD): Consultation on phase 6 of the eradication scheme

BVD Consultation

Since 2010 veterinary practices across Scotland having been working hard with cattle keepers to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD). Your front-line experience, knowledge, and advice has been critical to the success of the scheme so far. Together we have reduced the level of BVD exposure in Scottish breeding herds from 40% to 9%.


To move Scotland closer to BVD eradication, Scottish Government are proposing to introduce new measures into the scheme. These include updating how Check Tests are carried out, bolstering Compulsory BVD Investigations, and increasing obligations for non-breeding herds. They have developed these nine new proposals through the BVD advisory group (made up of civil servants, industry representatives and vets).


To make sure these proposals will work to eradication of BVD, they need your views. Through your work on cattle holdings you are best-placed to understand what works (or doesn’t) on the ground.


As these proposals may impact your work with cattle keepers, we would appreciate you taking the time to consider them and share your views through our online consultation platform.


The consultation will run from 15 November 2023 to 7 February 2024. Click here for more information on the BVD Check Test.



Ada Lovelace Day

We had a wonderful time at the Ada Lovelace Day event at Edinburgh Technopole. Over 400 school children participated in workshops held at 8 Pioneer Group locations around the UK. The workshops aimed to inspire the next generation of women science and to amplify women’s presence in STEM, following the legacy of Ada Lovelace.


Well done to our Biobest Team, Ami, Kirsty, Katie and Suzanne, on a hugely successful workshop! The students learnt about different types of cells, both inside the body and the ones we use in our laboratories, and were able to look at different cell types down microscopes. They could then make up their own cell media and loved seeing how the colour changed as different reagents were added.


We hope everyone had as much fun as we did and we can’t wait for next year!