As part of the Rural Development Plan 2014-2020, DAFM, in conjunction with the EU, are funding a Targeted Advisory Service on Animal Health (TASAH) for farmers, delivered by trained veterinary practitioners.
Following a public procurement process, the contract for the delivery of the Service has been awarded to AHI by DAFM. It will initially run for three years and will focus on the following diseases of cattle:
- Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)
- Johne’s Disease (JD)
- Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis(IBR)
- Somatic Cell Counts (SCC)
In addition, provision is also made for advice on animal and public health issues in the pig and poultry sectors, particularly salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis.
For 2015/16 the focus will be on BVD, followed by Johne’s disease.
Under the Service, DAFM will pay veterinary practitioners for up to three hours of advice per visit. Only veterinary practitioners who have undertaken TASAH training, delivered by AHI, in relation to the relevant disease will be eligible to provide the Service.
BVD Herd Investigations
Under the Service, herd owners may submit a request to AHI for an advisory visit from January 2016 onwards (click here). Herds that have one or more positive or inconclusive results for BVD virus in 2016 are eligible for an investigation. Requests for investigations from herds with positive or inconclusive results in 2015 will be considered by AHI on a case by case basis. Only veterinary practitioners who have participated in the BVD TASAH training provided by AHI are eligible to provide this Service. AHI maintains a list of trained veterinary practitioners which is available to herd owners, with the intention that, wherever possible, advice to farmers is provided by their own veterinary practitioner. AHI has developed a portal (click here) on its website to inform trained practitioners of requests for the service and to allow them to manage these requests.