Welsh Government statement 31/1/23

2nd Feb 2023

Minister for Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, made a statement during Plenary on the 31 January, 2023, thanking Gwaredu BVD and all stakeholders involved in the programme for their partnership working and effort during the voluntary phase.

Extract from the Minister's statement:


“The Gwaredu BVD programme is an excellent example of what can be achieved through such successful collaboration.

As we enter the transition phase and prepare for future legislation, it is vital keepers continue testing their herds for BVD and remove persistently infected animals as soon as feasibly possible.

The intention for a future scheme remains to provide a set of requirements to allow keepers to remove BVD from their herds and to keep it out through good biosecurity. 

Compulsory requirements would ensure the principles of BVD eradication are observed and the national herd can benefit from the long term results of BVD freedom.

We will continue to build on the progress and successes of the voluntary phase of the scheme and as we progress to its next phase, I would like to thank the cattle industry, delivery partners and keepers across Wales for their vigilance and efforts to date towards eradicating BVD.”

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Rural Affairs, and North Wales, and Trefnydd.


The clipped video is available to watch on the right.