A consultation on BVD control measures has been launched this week.
The consultation is seeking views on three proposals:
- A ban on knowingly moving or selling Persistently Infected animals, other than straight to slaughter (from February 1, 2013)
- A requirement that the BVD status of herds or animals must be declared before sale or movement (from February 1, 2013)
- Cattle from herds with a ‘not-negative’ BVD status must test negative for BVD virus before movement, other than straight to slaughter – no start date has been set for this proposal which may also be introduced on a regional basis
In addition the consultation also covers proposals for dealing with cattle being brought into Scotland, and penalties and enforcement.
The consultation runs until 17 August 2012 and is available to view on the Scottish Government website. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0039/00393464.pdf
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