Hearty welcomes Minister’s positive remarks on BVD

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015
Sinn Féin’s Newry Mourne and Down Agriculture spokesperson, Cllr Terry hearty, has welcomed Minister Michelle O’Neill’s indication that she intends to legislate for compulsory testing of Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) later this year. hearty1“Production diseases such as BVD tend to have a significant impact on productivity so there is strong interest from the farming industry for compulsory testing to be introduced,” the Slieve Gullion councilor said. “I note that Minister O’Neill has been prioritising this issue now for many months by ensuring the support from the dairy and beef industry as well as ensuring the scheme can be administered effectively. “I now look forward for further indication in the months ahead that the necessary actions are in place. As part of a BVD eradication programme, farmers look forward to controlling the disease, which has a negative impact on animal productivity,” Hearty added.
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