BVD PCR testing options – what to select

When checking the BVD status of your herd, we offer several testing options that will cover most situations.  All options offer something a little different, but we often see some confusion around the difference.

Antigen ELISA testing

The antigen ELISA test is suitable for testing of individual animals.

> Ear notch samples can be from animals of any age
> Serum samples can only be tested if the animals are > 35 days old.

BVD PCR

This is our standard BVD PCR test.  Samples are tested in pools but results are reported for individual animals. 

> If a positive result is obtained from a pool, we automatically test each individual sample in the pool (at no extra cost) to determine which individuals are positive.

BVD PCR screen

This cost effective screening test is designed for larger herds or mobs.

> Testing is only performed on pools and you will only receive a pooled result.
> Individual testing is NOT performed on positive pools.

Note: Confirmation testing to identify individual positive animals will only be done on request (and incurs an additional charge).