BVD deadline for Scottish cattle keepers

Scottish cattle keepers must have their Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) statuses established or face movement restrictions, according to new guidance which comes into effect today (1 June). 

As part of Phase 4 of the countrie's BVD eradication scheme, there will be restrictions for any holdings with a ‘not negative’ status, or holdings that have no valid annual herd status recorded.

The BVD herd screen is an annual requirement and herds that have not carried out a test in the last 12 months should contact their vet and do so now or face restrictions.

In herds with a ‘not negative’ status, animals will need to be individually tested before moving – unless that move is direct to slaughter.

NFU Scotland figures show that more than 85% of holdings currently have a negative BVD status.

Penny Johnston, NFU Scotland policy manager, said: “Cattle keepers may have had their herds tested at the outset of the initiative, but the reminder is that you must keep your herd status up to date. A clear test in the past isn’t enough and you must screen your herd annually to maintain your status.

“As we move to the next phase, all cattle keepers need to work with their vets and keep their testing status up-to-date. Allowing annual checks to slip further than 13 months will also trigger movement restrictions until testing is carried out.

“If you do not have a BVD negative status or your annual test has not been completed, then animals will need to be individually tested in order to be moved, other than direct to slaughter.”

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