Newborn beef calf with its mother

BVD Key Messages 2021

Substantial progress has been made since the start of the national BVD eradication programme to the point where the BVD Implementation Group plans to apply for recognition of the Irish programme in 2021 under the new Animal Health Law which comes into force in April 2021.

To meet the conditions for freedom by 2023 includes having negative herd status (NHS) for 99.8% of all herds (currently over 95% of breeding herds) representing at least 99.9% of cattle and would bring to an end compulsory tissue tag testing for the majority of herds after 2022.

To find out more about what this means to you, view the short video below explaining the changes for 2021.

Alternatively read the BVD Key Messages for 2021 Bulletin