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 AHWNI RELEASES BVD LOW RISK HERD INFORMATION

 

 

 

AHWNI has commenced the release of information to almost 900 herd owners whose herds are deemed to have a BVD Low Risk Status. 

When the NI BVD programme was introduced in 2013, the intention was that with time Low Risk Status herds should be identified and the information shared with herd owners.  The introduction of BVD statuses on to APHIS this year has allowed the production of a list of herds that meet certain Low Risk herd criteria, which are:

 

1.        All cattle in the herd and associated herds over 5 weeks of age have a BVD Negative status (applied directly or indirectly)

2.       Herd has joined the programme more than 3 years ago

3.       No BVD Positive animals have been identified in the herd in the preceding 12 months. 

The criteria used at present to identify Low Risk herds may be changed in the future, for example to meet external trading requirements.

 

Going forward, AHWNI will inform herd owners when their herd enters the Low Risk category.  It is expected that the number of eligible herds will increase over time, as disease incidence decreases and as farmers realise the advantage of ‘filling in the gaps’ in their stock’s BVD status profile. 
 

Herd owners who have already received the letters are reminded to return the consent forms asap to info@animalhealthni.com or via post to AHWNI. 
 


 

 

Animal Health and Welfare NI

Animal Health and Welfare NI (AHWNI) was formally launched in 2012. It is an industry-led, not-for-profit partnership between livestock producers, processors, animal health advisers and government. It is overseen by a board of directors. Its remit covers diseases and conditions of cattle which are endemic in Northern Ireland, but which are not currently subject to regulation or coordinated programmes of control. AHWNI seeks to benefit livestock producers and processors by providing the knowledge, education and coordination required to establish effective control programmes for non-notifiable diseases of livestock. The first of these programmes will address bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV). A programme on Johne’s disease is also under development.

 

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