UFU remind farmers of ban on PI cattle at abattoirs

Friday, 13 April, 2018

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The UFU would like to remind farmers of the ban on Persistently Infected (PI) cattle with BVD, both after 1 March 2016, from slaughter plants. The ban, which comes into effect at NIMEA abattoirs from 1st May 2018, has full support from other industry organisations and is regarded as a significant step towards eradicating BVD in Northern Ireland.

The UFU would ask farmers to:

Check their herd list to identify BVDP (BVD positive) status animals born after 1st March 2016.
If the animals are over 12 months old, get them to the abattoir before 1st May – after this date, NIMEA plants will no longer accept them.
If they are under 12 months old, they should be humanely destroyed. If they are disposed of at Linergy or Foyle Proteins, 33% will be taken of the disposal charge up to the 1st of May.   
This move has been taken to deter the retention of BVD positive animals and is a significant step towards eradicating BVD in Northern Ireland.