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Compulsory testing for BVD to be introduced in Northern Ireland

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LEGISLATION is to be introduced in Northern Ireland that will make testing for bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) virus compulsory in newborn calves, including stillborn and aborted animals.

Michelle O'Neill, the minister of agriculture and rural development in Northern Ireland, announced on November 30 that draft legislation would be brought forward for consideration by the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development on December 8. The intention is for the new legislation to come into force on March 1, 2016.

‘The interval between announcing my decision now and the commencement date of the legislation will not only allow industry body Animal Health and Welfare NI (AHWNI) time to make any necessary …

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