BVD Eradication Programme
Information on the compulsory phase of the Northern Ireland BVD virus eradication programme in 2016 more >
BVD Eradication Programme
Information on the compulsory phase of the Northern Ireland BVD virus eradication programme in 2016 more >
BVD Eradication Programme
Information on the compulsory phase of the Northern Ireland BVD virus eradication programme in 2016 more >
BVD Eradication Programme
Information on the compulsory phase of the Northern Ireland BVD virus eradication programme in 2016 more >

Covid-19 contingency measures/ BVD Programme

The BVD Programme, including the tag and test requirements for newborn calves, continues to be delivered during the current coronavirus situation.
Farmers are encouraged to take and dispatch ear tissue tag samples promptly to laboratories for BVD testing, so that an excessive backlog of untested samples does not build up at the approved testing laboratories, should laboratory staff be affected by Covid-19. 

Calves should be tagged as soon as possible after birth once they are dry.  It is important that the ear tissue samples are sent off quickly and that correct postage is applied to the sample envelopes.  Royal Mail advises that the large letter fee (£1.15) should be sufficient for up to 10 samples provided they are packed flat, rather than bulked up within the envelope.  Underpayment and failure to package samples appropriately may lead to sample processing being delayed or samples being disposed of untested.

Please note that postage can be purchased on line: parcel details may be entered at https://parcel.royalmail.com/, payment made and labels printed off, so that large letters may be posted directly without the need to go to a Post Office.

Postal Delays: Please be aware of current postal delays with Royal Mail. Please allow extra time of samples to be received at the labs and testing to follow.

Reminder: No animal born after 1st March 2016 should move out of a herd without a BVDN(Negative) or INDNEG status on APHIS. 

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Postal Changes for BVD samples:

Royal Mail have announced changes to pricing that will take effect from Monday 23rd March 2020. They advise large letter stamps will now be £1.15. When sending BVD samples to labs 1-10 samples require a large letter stamp (£1.15). More than 10 samples herd owner should seek advice from their local post office. 

Responsible use of Antibiotics Training on Dairy farms:

Farm Family Key Skills(Responsible use of Antimicrobials on Dairy Farms) click here for more information.

 

BVD NI Maps

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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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