Dear Sir: Farmers have strongly supported the BVD eradication programme to date, investing almost €40m since 2012. Significant progress has been made in achieving a huge reduction in the disease.

Some 33,635 PI animals have been removed since 2013. We now have fewer than 230 out of 115,000 herds with a PI alive on the holding. AHI data shows fewer than 500 PI animals still alive in the national herd of 7.1m.