Essential guides on cattle farming. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)
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Essential guides on cattle farming. Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

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In the last decades, much research has been conducted on bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), a disease which causes a variety of clinical signs as well as deaths, abortions and huge economic losses in the cattle industry worldwide. Despite the efforts to control BVD on farms, the virus has continued to spread and is still a concern for farmers and veterinary practitioners. This guide will provide readers with essential, practical and updated knowledge to understand and fight the disease regardless of the farm’s production system. This guide has been written by Francisco J. González Rodríguez, an experienced beef and dairy cattle consultant with a special interest in bovine viral diseases and cattle management.

Francisco J. González Rodríguez

He first obtained a bachelor degree in Biology and thereafter he graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration by the Madrid Business School/Houston University (Repsol-Honda Award for Excellence in Marketing) and a Master’s degree in Virology by the UCM.

He currently works as an independent consultant in animal health and dairy and beef cattle management for several corporations in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and is responsible for marketing, training and technical activities such as epidemiological studies and clinical trials (supervision and execution). Formerly he worked for many years for the pharmaceutical industry as product manager in the livestock sector (including dairy and beef cattle) where he was involved in biological and medical products development, field research and training. He worked on the launch and follow-up of several drug products in both the pig and cattle industry. He has attended many courses in animal health, sales, marketing, negotiation, computing and leadership.

1. Why BVDVs? History, taxonomy, and structure Genetic variability and implications for diagnosis and disease control Biotypes and biological importance 2. Epidemiology Routes of transmission and biosecurity Animal–animal transmission Artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transfer (ET) Iatrogenesis Fomites and insects PI animals 3. Immune system The immune response to horizontal and vertical infections Immunosuppression Immune response to vaccination Humoral immune response Cellular immune response Cross-protection and vaccine failure Duration of immunity Tips for proper vaccination 4. Clinical and subclinical forms Pathogenesis Clinical signs and lesions BVDV and bovine respiratory disease Transplacental infections Mucosal disease Chronic diarrhoea Haemorrhagic syndrome Lesions commonly observed upon field necropsy Subclinical BVD 5. Economic impact Effects on reproduction Endemic infection BVD, heifers, and beef farms Economic models 6. Diagnosis Epidemiological tools Tools for individual diagnosis Direct tests Indirect tests Practical interpretation of results 7. Control strategies Biosecurity and biocontainment Finishing farm The Trojan cow Monitoring Vaccination 8. Bibliography 
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  • Idioma Inglés
  • Autor/es Francisco J. González Rodríguez
  • Año de edición 2019
  • Nº Páginas 84
  • Encuadernación Soft cover. Wire-o
  • Tamaño 17 X 24

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