Northern Ireland
Stop moving livestock after BVD outbreak
Peter McCann
The latest figures show that 128 out of the 148 BVD-positive cattle disclosed in Northern Ireland during January were culled within five weeks.
9 March 2022 News
NI news round-up: BVD herd restrictions and support for pig farmers
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
9 March 2022 Schemes
Early testing points to lower BVD prevalence
There were 77 animals which recorded an initial positive or inconclusive result without a negative retest result compared to 158 calves for the corresponding period in 2021.
Sheep scab prevalent across NI, research finds
Scab is highly contagious disease which can lead to itching, wool loss, reduced animal performance and welfare issues.
23 February 2022 News
Progress with BVD goes into reverse
New legislation on BVD eradication in NI is not expected to happen before the next Assembly election in May 2022
29 December 2021 News
Final push for BVD national eradication programme
In announcing a continuation of Department supports Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue said ‘BVD freedom’ is in sight and that Ireland is close to eradicating it from the herd.
29 December 2021 Schemes
Over 2,700 BVD notices issued to neighbouring herds to date
To date this year 2.29m calves were tested for the disease and of this number 99.22% tested negative in the Republic of Ireland.
17 November 2021 News
BVD rate among sheep drops in NI
Almost 3,400 sheep in Northern Ireland have been tested for pestivirus, a family of viruses which causes the likes of BVD and border disease
11 August 2021 News
Slaughter ban for untested BVD cattle
The latest estimate was that there are around 6,000 cattle in NI with an untested status for BVD.
28 July 2021 News
News in-brief from the agri food industry in NI
News round up from across the farming and food industries in Northern Ireland.
9 June 2021 News
New Johne’s test a ‘game changer’
A new diagnostic test for Johne’s control on farms has been developed by scientists at QUB
24 March 2021 Northern Ireland
Unclear guidance for farmers who identify BVD PIs - IFA
The IFA has said better interaction and communication from the Department of Agriculture is urgently needed.
19 February 2021 News