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ALL newborn calves in Northern Ireland now have to be tested for bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) virus after new legislation came into force on March 1.
Addressing industry representatives at Stormont, Michelle O'Neill, the minister of agriculture and rural development in Northern Ireland, said: ‘The BVD eradication programme begins today with compulsory testing for bovines, including stillborns and abortions. This will help to ensure that herds reach their full health potential, which in turn will increase profitability for herd keepers, while protecting trade opportunities for farmers across the north.’
She said that although some farmers might be concerned about the initial costs of testing their animals and removing those found to be …