Saturday 20 October 2012
Dealing with BVD
BREEDING HERD keepers have been urged to consider BVD testing before putting calves into the sales this autumn.
As part of the Scottish BVD eradication scheme, all breeding herds must be screened for BVD by February 1, 2013. As testing youngstock is the most efficient method for most herds, the Scottish Government this week asked keepers to think about which BVD testing method would be best for their herd before it's too late.
Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas, said: "Under the Scottish BVD eradication scheme, there's a wide range of testing methods designed to suit all herds. However, if you sell calves before having them tested you may severely limit your options.
"If you've not screened your herd yet and plan to sell calves this autumn, speak to your vet soon or check the guidance. Otherwise, you could end up having to test all your cattle instead of just a sample."
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Source: scotish farmer
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