BVD Free - 'Stamp it out' initiative

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Funding for BVD testing as part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) was launched this summer by SAC Consulting.

This is available to all registered cattle holdings in England, including herds already registered with BVDFree. The funding covers two vet visits on-farm, plus £61.30 for BVD testing and upload of results to BVDFree. Farmers can access this funding through their vet practice.

Once farmers register with the BVDFree England scheme, the herd will achieve BVD herd status after completion of two years of negative. The 'Stamp it out' initiative covers the cost of testing for one year. Herds’ high health status is then promoted via bvdfree.org.uk.

The more herds testing and eliminating BVD in your local area, the easier it will be to keep the disease out of your herd. With these results being uploaded to the national database by the labs, there will be an increasing pool of animals with a known BVD status to trade.

The TB Hub

The TB hub is the ‘go-to’ place for British beef and dairy farmers to find practical advice on dealing with bovine TB on farm, covering everything from biosecurity measures to understanding trading rules.

The hub is a joint industry initiative, supported by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA), the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Landex and the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

Click here to visit the TB Hub.


Last edited on: 23:10:2018

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