October 18, 2019

Irish association calls for compulsory BVD testing on imported cattle


The Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) wants obligatory bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) tests on all imported cattle, as all Ireland-born calves are mandatorily required to be BVD tested.


Hugh Farell, ICSA Animal Health & Welfare Chairman said farmers have complied with this requirement and it has shown positive results with only 0.04% BVD positives in 2019, down from 0.77% in 2013.


He adds that annual compulsory testing should be abolished for herds which have never had a positive BVD calf, but warns about BVD entering farms through imported cattle.


Currently, imported cattle and sheep are only required to be BVD tested if it is being sold to another herd.


- Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers' Association