The programme to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) and save the Scottish cattle industry up to £80 million is moving into its next phase. The industry-led scheme aims to remove the threat of a disease - which causes reproductive problems and can be fatal - from Scotland. This third phase of the programme will see control measures being introduced on the January 1 2014. These are:
- restricting movement of animals infected with BVD
- placing temporary restrictions on holdings that have failed to test
- BVD herd status to be declared prior to any movement from the herd
New guidance will be issued to all cattle farmers ahead of the introduction date to make sure they are ready for the measures and aware of the requirements.
For more on the new measures see: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/farmingrural/Agriculture/animal-welfare/Diseases/disease/bvd/eradication/ProDec2012