UFU comment on significant reduction in BVD

Wednesday, 9 December, 2020

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) says farmers are to be commended for their efforts to reduce BVD Positives in Northern Ireland (NI) as figures continue to decline. Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland (AHWNI) announced that the number of herds retaining BVD Positive cattle for more than five weeks has dropped below 100 herds.

UFU deputy president William Irvine said, “The figures from AHWNI are testament to the ongoing focus that farmers and industry stakeholders are putting on eradicating this disease. However, it is important that farmers continue playing their part in stamping out the virus. I encourage farmers to tag calves as soon as possible after birth and send the samples away, adhering to guidance by AHWNI. Eradicating BVD in NI is within our reach but we need everyone committed to achieve it.

"The UFU has been calling for more robust measures to be implemented within the BVD scheme for some time now. We want to see universal compliance with the legislation, testing, and prompt removal of BVD Positive animals. DAERA need to introduce legislation to help eradicate this disease.”