June 17, 2011


Scotland starts compulsory Bovine Viral Diarrhoea screening



In order to eliminate the highly infectious cattle disease, Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), mandatory screening is being launched in Scotland.


Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead announced that from December 1, farmers with breeding cattle herds will be required to screen their herd each year for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). All herds must have had their first test by the end of November 2012.


Lochhead said, "We have worked closely with the cattle industry, as well as with vets and scientists, to develop a scheme that will eradicate BVD from Scotland. During the winter we provided over 160,000 to help 3,500 farmers carry out testing, but we must move to mandatory testing if everyone is to enjoy the benefits that eradication will bring."


He also added, "In response to calls from the industry, annual testing will become mandatory from December 1. I know that farmers will want to ensure that they get BVD out of their herd before December 2012 so that can carry on their business as usual."

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