05 Apr 2018

BVD – Full implementation of Phase 4 of the BVD Eradication Scheme

The Scottish BVD Eradication Scheme, introduced in 2010, entered the final stage of Phase 4 on Tuesday 3rd April 2018. This will reward keepers who buy cattle responsibly, and will require anyone bringing in risky animals to test them for BVD or lose their BVD “negative” herd status.

In 2015 Phase 4 of the Scottish BVD eradication scheme was introduced. This saw the implementation of enhanced testing and further movement restrictions.

Controls introduced on 01 June 2015 included:

  1. Movement restrictions on ‘not negative’ herds
  2. A reduction in the number of testing options available
  3. Assumed negative status for dams of calves which have tested negative
  4. The requirement to test replacement animals from untested herds

The first three controls were implemented straight away, the implementation of the fourth control (testing replacement animals from untested herds) has been delayed until now. On the 3rd April 2018 the full implementation of Phase 4 of the eradication scheme which means these “problem” replacement animals will change the buyer’s negative status if those animals aren’t tested within 40 days of arrival. Problem animals are:

  • Calves born on Scottish non-breeding holdings that have not been individually tested for BVD
  • Cattle moving off a Scottish “not negative” herd that do not have an individual negative status (either BVD test result or assumed negative from having a calf)
  • Cattle without individual BVD testing results coming from herds outside Scotland

The full implementation of Phase 4 will mean an increase in BVD sampling for Scottish keepers who buy risky animals.

Analysis of milk samples taken as part of routine recording can be used to identify individual cow disease. Find out how we can help you and your herd:

BVD Factsheet

Call: 01923 695319
Email: info@thecis.co.uk

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