Embracing Breakthroughs: Discover IBR gE Antibody Test And The 4 Advantages It Has For Your Farm

Embracing Breakthroughs: Discover IBR gE Antibody Test And The 4 Advantages It Has For Your Farm

What is IBR gE?

In the realm of agricultural diagnostics, precision and accuracy are paramount. This is where the IBR gE testing steps into the spotlight. IBR stands for Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR)/Bovine Herpesvirus-1 (BHV-1). This virus causes acute upper respiratory tract disease in cattle which can lead to fatal pneumonia. Additionally, IBR can cause severe reproductive problems caused by the development of ‘Infectious Pustular Balanoposthitis’ causing abortions in female cows.

Most animals get vaccinated for IBR, and all vaccines contain live inactivated/killed/dead virus. There are two different types of vaccine used against IBR: Direct or indirect vaccines. Direct vaccines were developed to allow vaccinated and naturally infected (or conventionally vaccinated) animals to be distinguished using an appropriate test for gE antibodies


How does IBR infect the animal?

  1. PRIMARY INFECTION: Severe to mild symptoms which include…
      • Dullness and reduced appetite
      • High body temperature
      • Rapid and loud breathing with coughing
      • Fluid Discharge
      • Pharyngitis
      • Abortions
      • Sudden reduced milk production.
  2. LATENT INFECTION: After infection the animal will remain infected for life. The virus can reactivate if the animal becomes stressed and spread throughout the herd.


Why is IBR testing important to livestock farmers?


How is IBR gE used for testing?

IBR gE is a sophisticated diagnostic technology that uses antibodies to detect the virus. At its core, it’s a method that combines immunoblotting, a technique used to detect specific proteins, with genetic engineering principles. The purpose of this synergy is to create a highly sensitive and accurate system for identifying specific markers associated with infectious diseases in livestock.


The Role of Agri Diagnostics Ireland:

Agri Diagnostics Ireland, a leader in agricultural diagnostic solutions, recognised the potential of IBR GE early on. This technology has been instrumental in enhancing their ability to detect and manage diseases in livestock effectively. By utilising a combination of genetic information and protein analysis, the IBR GE system provides a comprehensive view of the health status of animals.


What is needed for IBR gE antibody testing?

  • Milk
  • Serum

Within three days of the blood sample collection, the veterinarian should send the blood samples to an ISO 17025-approved laboratory for testing for bovine serum IBR gE antibodies. 


Is IBR testing mandatory?

National Beef Welfare Scheme 2023 requires participants to check the herd’s cattle for IBR gE antibodies.

The new scheme, which is funded by the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR), is a one-year programme: Scheme payment will only issue after verification that the requisite number of samples have been submitted to the accredited laboratory by 17.30 hrs on 1 November 2023.

CLOSING DATE 12 September 2023 at 23.59 hrs​​.

Our price is €5.50 per sample, exVat.


Key Advantages of testing with IBR gE:

  1. High Sensitivity and Specificity: IBR GE’s fusion of genetic engineering and immunoblotting results in a highly sensitive system. It can detect even trace amounts of disease-related markers, ensuring accurate and reliable results.
  2. Early Disease Detection: The technology’s sensitivity allows for the detection of diseases in their early stages, enabling prompt intervention and preventing potential outbreaks.
  3. Precise Monitoring: IBR GE doesn’t just detect the presence of diseases; it also provides insights into their progression. This precision aids veterinarians in tailoring appropriate treatments and management strategies.
  4. Reduced False Positives: The specificity of IBR GE reduces the likelihood of false positive results, minimising unnecessary alarm and ensuring resources are allocated effectively.


Transforming Livestock Health Management:

By harnessing the power of molecular diagnostics, this technology provides a deeper understanding of disease dynamics, enabling farmers and veterinarians to make informed decisions and safeguard animal well-being.

 As technology continues to advance, the field of agricultural diagnostics will likely witness further innovations. IBR GE’s success story serves as a testament to the potential of merging different scientific disciplines to address complex challenges. With continued research and development, we can anticipate even more refined diagnostic tools that empower us to ensure the health and prosperity of livestock.

In conclusion, IBR GE has emerged as a game-changer in the realm of agricultural diagnostics. Its ability to combine genetic engineering and immunoblotting opens new avenues for accurate disease detection and monitoring. Agri Diagnostics Ireland’s adoption of this technology highlights its practical benefits in real-world scenarios. As we move forward, it’s clear that IBR GE’s contributions will continue to shape the future of livestock health management in Ireland and beyond.



IBR gE Cow

Contact Agri Diagnostics today for more information on testing!

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