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Wales launches voluntary BVD screening programme in bid to eradicate disease

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A £10 million bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) screening programme has been launched in Wales this week to help eradicate the disease from its herds.

The voluntary scheme, which will be managed jointly by Coleg Sir Gâr’s Agriculture Research Centre in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), will involve BVD screening at the same time as TB testing. Its purpose is to provide the necessary support and guidance to ensure farmers can correctly and quickly identify herds infected with BVD.

This is the first national scheme for eradicating BVD in Wales and will be available to all 12,000 farms in the country for three years.

Funded by the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Programme, Gwaredu BVD (Eradicating BVD) will require the blood sampling of five youngstock in each herd at the TB test. Samples will be sent to a laboratory (this can be any laboratory the vet feels appropriate) and the results will be ready with the reading of the TB test. If a herd is positive, the farmer will be supported by the Welsh Government to find the persistently infected (PI) animals in the …

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