BVD Testing

Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD)

  • Infection reduces reproductive performance by decreasing conception and inducing abortion
  • Persistently infected (PI) calves developed in-utero lead to frequent death, poor performance, and ongoing reinfection within the herd
  • Utilize ELISA (antigen) or PCR analyses and strategic pooling to reduce testing costs

Sample Types


  • Test tissue or blood samples from calves to identify PI animals
  • Test individual or pooled milk samples from cows to efficiently clear adult herd of PI suspicion


  • Individual ELISA (milk, tissue, blood) available within 5 days of sample receipt
  • PCR available within 10 days of sample receipt
  • Reported as Positive, Negative or Suspect
  • PCR samples that showed no evidence of BVD within the analytical range (maximum 40 Ct) are not reported with a specific Ct value, but rather are labeled undetected.
Test Type Positive Negative Undetected
Milk, Blood, Earnotch, ELISA >0.30 <0.30
Milk, Pooled, Earnotch PRC <38 >38 >40


  • Individual ELISA (milk, tissue, blood) $6.50/sample
    • Multiple test discount! $11 for two ELISAs on same sample; $15.00 for 3 ELISAs
  • Individual PCR (milk, tissue, whole blood) $40
  • Group PCR (pooled tissue, milk)
    • Pooled tissue samples (10-20 samples) $3.70/sample
    • Pooled milk samples (20-250 samples) $2.50/sample
  • Testing billed upon sample receipt
  • $10 sample submission fee per order

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Testing Supplies

CentralStar’s laboratories provide sample analyses on milk, blood, fecal, and tissue samples for a variety of production, disease and health-related traits. More than 6 million samples are processed annually using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques including infrared spectroscopy, flow cytometry, ELISA, PCR, and more.

Diagnostic tests are intended to identify diseases for animal health, and do not determine the “safety” of milk.