Bovine Tuberculosis (BVD)
What is BVD?
BVD virus is the cause of an important viral disease of cattle that was estimated to cost Irish farmers around €102M each year.
How can it be eradicated?
The key is to identify and remove PI cattle from the national herd. This can be done cost-effectively by testing ear punch samples collected by you as part of the official identity tagging process.
Samples taken from calves must be sent to any one of the several laboratories designated for this purpose. Where BVD virus positive calves are detected, you have the option to confirm them as PI. Further testing will be required in herds with PI calves. Results will be issued by ICBF using SMS (text) messages and letters.
DAFM supports for removal of PI calves are revised to the following rates and periods:
- €220 for beef breed animals removed with a registered date of death on AIM within 10 days of the initial test, reducing to €30 if removed between 11 and 21 days after the initial test.
Dairy heifers and dairy cross calves: €160 if removed within 10 days of the initial test, reducing to €30 if removed between 11 and 21 days after the initial test. ii. €30 for removal of bull calves within 14 days of the initial test.
For full terms and conditions see
Where can I find out more information?
ICMSA Head Office
John Feely House