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BVA welcomes new BVD testing scheme for Northern Ireland

9th December 2013

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has responded positively to news that compulsory testing for bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) is to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

Following a recent consultation, agriculture minister Michelle O'Neill has confirmed that this measure will come into force in accordance with BVA recommendations, weeks after the Scottish government announced new control measures as part of its BVD eradication programme.

According to the BVA, this move has the full backing of Northern Irish veterinary professionals, who have pledged to provide ongoing advice and support to clients on all aspects of disease management and eradication.

BVA president Robin Hargreaves expressed hope that further measures to eliminate the disease will be adopted across the UK.

He added: "Eradicating BVD will lead to increased production efficiency and better herd health, and has the potential to save the cattle industry millions of pounds."

Scotland has confirmed it will be introducing restrictions on the movement of animals infected with BVD from January 2014, as well as temporary movement restrictions on herds that have not been tested and compulsory declaration of herd status before movement.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801670309-ADNFCR

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