NFUS helps tackle BVD
Published:  08 August, 2012

National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) has announced plans to back a government initiative to eradicate the costly cattle disease Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

NFUS contributed several proposals to the recent BVD eradication consultation, which included the illegality of knowingly selling a persistently infected (PI) animal. An introduction of the requirement to declare the BVD status of the herd or an individual animal at breeding sales was also included in NFUS’ proposals.

Movement restrictions on herds without a negative BVD status will also be phased in geographically, said NFUS. And once the movement of non-negative BVD cattle restrictions apply, non-Scottish animals brought onto a Scottish farm, which do not have a herd/individual status, will need to be tested.

Chairman of the livestock committee Rob Livesey said: “There is a real desire amongst the majority of cattle keepers in Scotland to see us make genuine progress towards eradicating this costly disease from our herds.”

Livesey also explained that although there was some debate surrounding the details of BVD eradication plans, it remained an industry-led scheme that recognised the challenges involved and was there to benefit. Livesey added: “Control efforts on BVD already undertaken in the north of Scotland and on many of the islands may mean that they are in a position to move to movement restrictions much sooner than a region such as the south west, where more time may be needed to put BVD herd plans in place.”