HCC is encouraging any farmers who have not yet taken advantage of the Wales-wide Eradicating BVD programme to sign up for free herd testing before the end of the project in 2020.
About 7,000 farms in Wales are now part of the project.
HCC’s flock and herd health executive, Dr Rebekah Stuart, says: “With pro-active measures such as screening, available through this programme, we can greatly reduce this disease and its cost to the industry, although time is running out for farmers to get involved.”
The three-year £10 million programme is available to all beef and dairy farms in Wales.
As well as impacting on animal health, it is estimated that a persistent BVD infection could cost the average Welsh beef herd £4,500 a year.