Next phase of BVD eradication programme to launch

Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:15
Written by Govtoday staff

The programme to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and save the Scottish cattle industry up to £80 million is moving into its next phase.

The ambitious industry-led scheme aims to remove the threat of a disease - which causes reproductive problems and can be fatal - from Scotland.

This third phase of the programme will see control measures being introduced on the January 1 2014. These are:

  • restricting movement of animals infected with BVD
  • placing temporary restrictions on holdings that have failed to test
  • BVD herd status to be declared prior to any movement from the herd

New guidance will be issued to all cattle farmers ahead of the introduction date to make sure they are ready for the measures and aware of the requirements.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

"Eradicating BVD is an important step for the industry; to eliminate the threat of this disease will benefit farmers in terms of economic cost and welfare. Eradication will save the industry an estimated £50-80 million over a 10 year period.

"BVD eradication can also improve herd health and reduce vets bills as well as reducing the use of antibiotics which ultimately will help to reduce the risk of drug resistance.

"Over 90 per cent of all herds in Scotland have complied with the mandatory testing under phase two of the programme. This highlights the positive engagement from farmers across Scotland and gives us a solid platform to move forward with phase 3.

"The programme is progressing very well and we will make sure that all cattle farmers are kept fully informed and updated on our next steps to allow for a smooth transition into the next phase."

Source: Scottish government

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