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BVD testing welcomed in Northern Ireland
Published:  03 March, 2016

The British Veterinary Association (BVA), alongside its Northern Ireland branch, welcomed the commencement of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) education programme in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 1 March. 

“The introduction of compulsory BVD testing is a part of the joined-up DARD [Department of Agriculture and Rural Development], profession and industry approach that is crucial for the delivery of a successful BVD eradication programme in Northern Ireland,” said Seamus O’Kane, president of the BVA Northern Ireland branch.

“We welcome Minister [for Agriculture and Rural Development] O’Neill’s commitment to disease control and hope we will see similar successes as we did with our Officially Brucellosis Free declaration.”

Sean Wensley, president of the BVA, also welcomed the development: “Vets and farmers have been well engaged with the process so far to control BVD and keen to see it progress. The announcement for a compulsory BVD testing scheme was made more than two years ago, so we are very pleased to see the roll-out now of the legislation.”