DAFM Financial Supports

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine will provide the following financial supports to encourage the prompt removal of calves born in 2021 that are persistently infected (PI) with BVD virus.

Beef Herds

  • A payment of €220 for each beef breed PI born in a suckler herd that is shown to be disposed of to a knackery, meat plant or abattoir within 10 days of the first test.
  • A reduced payment of €30 will apply in respect of such calves disposed of to a knackery, meat plant or abattoir between day 11 and 21 of the first test.

Dairy Herds

  • A payment of €160 for each dairy heifer or dairy cross PI calf born in a dairy herd that is shown to be disposed to allow removal a knackery, meat plant or abattoir within 10 days of the first test.
  • A reduced payment of €30 will apply in respect of such calves disposed of to a knackery, meat plant or abattoir between day 11 and 21 of the first test.
  • A payment of €30 for each dairy bull calf born in a dairy herd that is shown to be disposed of to a knackery, meat plant or abattoir 14 days of the first test.
Full details are available by following the link below:

Terms and Conditions

Herds where positive/inconclusive BVD virus results are disclosed will be placed under immediate movement restrictions. Neighbouring herds will receive a biosecurity notification informing them of their increased risk, and on a monthly basis thereafter in the absence of removal of the suspect animal(s) with positive or inconclusive results.

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