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DARD launches consultation on a proposal to introduce compulsory testing for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has launched a consultation on a proposal to introduce compulsory testing of bovines for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).
Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Since January 2013 a voluntary BVD testing programme, initiated by Animal Health & Welfare NI (AHWNI), has been in place. In a further drive to help eradicate this disease some key industry stakeholders are seeking the introduction of legislation to make the current voluntary BVD programme compulsory. Before considering whether legislation is introduced to make the current programme compulsory DARD intend to hold a number of stakeholder events across NI, during the consultation period, to obtain the views of all parts of the farming industry.

The consultation documents are available on the DARD website under active consultations. Hard copies and alternative formats of the documents can be requested by writing to:

BVD Section
Room 657A
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road

Or by email at:

The consultation will last 12 weeks and responses should arrive with DARD no later than 5pm on Friday 27 September 2013.

Notes to editors:

  1. BVD impacts at farm level through loss of production, but poses no significant risk to human health or to the national economy, and its consequences are felt primarily by individual herd keepers.
  2. Animal Health & Welfare NI (AHWNI) is a not for profit industry established body which aims to eradicate production diseases.
  3. For media enquiries please contact DARD Press Office 028 9052 4619 or email: DARD Press Office. Out of hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.