Newborn beef calf with its mother

BVD Key Messages 2022

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 came into force in April 2021.

The conditions for freedom include having negative herd status (NHS) for 99.8% of all herds (achieved by more than 96% of breeding herds at the end of 2021) representing at least 99.9% of cattle. Recognition of freedom would bring to an end compulsory tissue tag testing for the majority of herds.

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

Alternatively read the BVD Key Messages for 2022