With autumn calving at its peak, and more tissue tags being sent for testing, Animal Health and Welfare NI (AHWNI) has reminded farmers to tag calves as early as possible and submit BVD tissue samples without delay.

“Thankfully, our lab and office is fully staffed at present and the turnaround time for test results is relatively quick. However, there is always a risk of lab staff having to self-isolate, which could delay getting results back to farmers looking to sell calves this winter,” said Dr Sam Strain.