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Financial boost for BVD eradication in Northern Ireland

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THE BVA, together with the BVA Northern Ireland Branch and the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), has welcomed the announcement of a £4 million support package for farmers in Northern Ireland, which will include a scheme to help progress Northern Ireland's bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) eradication programme.

The funding for Northern Ireland comes from the e30.2 million of aid allocated to the UK under the EU Exceptional Adjustment Aid scheme, a e500 million aid package agreed by the European Agriculture and Fisheries Council in July.

Michelle McIlveen, Northern Ireland's agriculture minister, announced on November 30 that, among other things, Northern Ireland's share of the support package would be used to enable livestock farmers, including milk producers, to apply for assistance to incentivise the humane destruction of persistently infected (PI) calves within four weeks …

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