BVD call, out to cattle farmers

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Scotland’s cattle farmers are being encouraged to feed in their views on how the Scottish industry’s planned eradication programme for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) moves forward.

The NFUS will commence a series of BVD meetings this week and members are currently being surveyed on the programme’s timetable.

Around 40 percent of Scottish cattle herds show signs of exposure to BVD, a disease responsible for production losses of between £37 and £90 per cow in beef and dairy herds respectively.

Scottish livestock stakeholders, including NFU Scotland, have joined with the Scottish Government in developing the Scottish BVD Eradication Programme.

The Scottish Government is expected to introduce legislation on mandatory annual screening for breeding herds, a compulsory element in the BVD eradication scheme, in the next few weeks. That is likely to require herds to have their first screening test before February 1, 2013. The proposals for following stage, to start in December 2012 and aimed at reducing the spread of infection, are under development and a Scottish Government consultation paper will be produced in the spring.