BVD testing welcomed in Northern Ireland

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), alongside its Northern Ireland branch, welcomed the commencement of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) education programme in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 1 March.

The introduction of compulsory BVD testing is a part of the joined-up DARD [Department of Agriculture and Rural Development], profession and industry approach that is crucial for the delivery of a successful BVD eradication programme in Northern Ireland, said Seamus OKane, president of the BVA Northern Ireland branch.

We welcome Minister [for Agriculture and Rural Development] ONeills commitment to disease control and hope we will see similar successes as we did with our Officially Brucellosis Free declaration.

Sean Wensley, president of the BVA, also welcomed the development: Vets and farmers have been well engaged with the process so far to control BVD and keen to see it progress. The announcement for a compulsory BVD testing scheme was made more than two years ago, so we are very pleased to see the roll-out now of the legislation.

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