Veterinarian to discuss WSU BVD project with ranchers

Feb 13, 2009
by WLJ
Veterinarian to discuss WSU BVD project with ranchers

Dr. John Wentz , assistant professor in the Field Disease Investigative Unit of Washington State University’s (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, will review the first year’s findings of WSU’s Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) Control and Eradication Project during a telephone conference with ranchers from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25. “The purpose of the project is to promote beef herd health through best management herd health practices and screening for undetected persistent BVD infections that rob a beef herd of productivity,” said Tom Platt, area Extension educator for WSU Lincoln County Extension.

Wenz tested 7,000 cattle last year for persistent BVD infections, according to Platt. The veterinarian would like to double that number this year and is recruiting herds for participation in the project.

The conference call is the last in a series of five lunchtime Beef Information Series scheduled in January and February. The series has been sponsored by WSU Lincoln County Extension.

Ranchers can participate in this conference from home by calling WSU’s telephone conferencing center in Pullman. Advance registration is required. Because the number of connections to WSU’s telephone conferencing system is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registration fee for the series is $5. Call WSU Extension in Davenport at 509/725-4171 for more information or to register, or download a registration flier at http://live — WLJ