BVD Eradication Scheme

Number of older cattle in NI with no BVD status halves in a year

Number of older cattle in NI with no BVD status halves in a year

The number of older cattle in Northern Ireland that do not have a BVD status has halved in the space...

May 21, 2021

BVD testing: Where do the latest figures stand?

BVD testing: Where do the latest figures stand?

Farmers are well aware of the rigorous and ongoing testing of calves for the presence of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)...

May 17, 2021

New EU Animal Health Law to have implications NI BVD programme

New EU Animal Health Law to have implications NI BVD programme

The EU’s new Animal Health Law, which brings Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) into legislation for the first time, will have...

April 21, 2021

Beating BVD: ‘Clear info not being given’ to farmers with PIs

Beating BVD: ‘Clear info not being given’ to farmers with PIs

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is “failing to give clear information” to farmers who have persistently infected...

February 21, 2021

BVD eradication: Key messages farmers should know for 2021

BVD eradication: Key messages farmers should know for 2021

Some key messages have been outlined for Irish farmers on the issue of bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) for 2021 by...

January 19, 2021

Risk of losing Quality Assurance leads to ‘significant drop’ in BVD animals in NI

Risk of losing Quality Assurance leads to ‘significant drop’ in BVD animals in NI

The number of herds in Northern Ireland retaining BVD PI animals has “fallen dramatically” since toughened eradication measures were introduced...

November 30, 2020

BVD eradication scheme supports to continue

BVD eradication scheme supports to continue

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine supports for the early removal of persistently infected (PI) calves under the national...

December 20, 2019

Calls made for eradication of ‘full scale’ BVD testing

Calls made for eradication of ‘full scale’ BVD testing

A spokesperson for a farm lobby group has called for 2019 to be the last year of “full scale” compulsory...

February 5, 2019

Creed confirms continuation of BVD eradication payments

Creed confirms continuation of BVD eradication payments

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, has announced confirmation of his department’s continued support payments for...

December 27, 2018

Calls made for BVD eradication programme to be ‘wound up’

Calls made for BVD eradication programme to be ‘wound up’

The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association’s (ICSA) Animal Health and Welfare chairman Hugh Farrell has called for the BVD...

October 11, 2018

Farmers still trying to rear BVD positive calves despite 80% failing

Farmers still trying to rear BVD positive calves despite 80% failing

A number of Northern Irish farmers have been enquiring about the best way to rear BVD persistently infected (PI) calves...

March 8, 2018

May too soon for BVD deadline, FFA warns

May too soon for BVD deadline, FFA warns

A farming lobby body in Northern Ireland has said that the May deadline is too early for the slaughter of...

February 22, 2018

7 key BVD messages for farmers in 2018

7 key BVD messages for farmers in 2018

Significant progress has been made this year towards the eradication of the BVD virus in Ireland, according to Animal Health...

December 12, 2017

North’s incentivisation scheme for the removal of BVD-infected calves to close

North’s incentivisation scheme for the removal of BVD-infected calves to close

The incentivisation scheme in Northern Ireland – aimed at the removal of animals persistently infected by BVD – is soon...

September 21, 2017

Criticism for Department’s latest cattle tag decision

Criticism for Department’s latest cattle tag decision

The Department of Agriculture has been criticised for ignoring the legal BVD testing obligations in the latest tag approval document....

October 3, 2016

‘Increased compensation for PI calves could speed up BVD eradication programme’

‘Increased compensation for PI calves could speed up BVD eradication programme’

Now is the time for one final push on the BVD eradication programme in terms of resources, personnel and co-ordination...

August 31, 2016

Over 1,600 calves test positive for BVD in Northern Ireland since March

Over 1,600 calves test positive for BVD in Northern Ireland since March

Since the BVD eradication programme became compulsory in March 1,677 calves have tested positive for BVD in Northern Ireland, according to Animal Health...

July 28, 2016