Voluntary Phase 2012 - National BVD eradication programme
How to get involved?
By simply ordering the third ear notch tissue tags, farmers and their animals become automatically enrolled in the programme with all required documentation processed by the tag supplier at the time of ordering.
The programme will be voluntary in 2012, becoming compulsory in 2013
The programme is designed to be delivered over a short period of time (6 years) with an initial focus on identification and removal of persistently infected (PI) followed by a period of surveillance to confirm the effectiveness of the programme and mop up any remaining infection
Ear punch samples, collected by tissue test tags, recommended for use by the Department of Agriculture as part of the Department’s official identification process for bovine animals will provide the majority of samples for virus testing
Programme Guidelines for 2012
Tissue tag all calves at the earliest opportunity and not later than 7 days after birth.
Test all calves born into the herd, including stillbirths, using the tissue sample (green button) tag labelled with the official national identification number of the calf.
Samples should be returned to the designated laboratory of choice at the earliest opportunity but not later than 7 days after sampling.
Carry out all necessary follow up testing following the discovery of a PI animal, which at minimum includes the testing of the dam of the positive calf, and if found positive the other offspring of the dam that are still on the farm.
A PI animal should not be moved off farm (sold) and should be isolated from other cattle until it is culled or slaughtered.
The results from herds that comply with these guidelines in the voluntary year of the programme will count as one of the three years of tag testing anticipated in the programme.
Where can I find out more?
(Please note - price quoted in video for tags and applicator is subject to change, for most up to date pricing information click here)
BVD Programme Business Plan 2012
Click here to view this year's business plan.