Get free BVD testing in Wales before you have to pay for it, farmers told

15th Sep 2017

Livestock farmers in Wales are being urged to take advantage of a new £10m herd screening initiative for bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) before it becomes a notifiable disease.

Free testing and veterinary support are now available to cattle producers but from 2020 they may face compulsory testing at their own expense.

Peredur Hughes, chairman of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, said the three-year initiative was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

The Gwaredu BVD (Eradicating BVD) project is offering voluntary blood testing to every beef and dairy farmer in Wales.

Producers whose herds test positive will then receive up to £500 to identify Persistently Infected (PI) animals.

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