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BVD Eradication Scheme Supports

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced that the application form in respect of the one off €100 welfare payment for any beef bred cow whose offspring is removed under the voluntary phase of the BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) eradication programme is now available from the Department's website:

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/animalhealthwelfare/diseasecontrol/bovineviraldiarrhoeabvd/

This follows on from the earlier announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, putting in place a system of payments to support the voluntary phase of the programme in 2012.

The Department's (BVD Compensation Section in Portlaoise) will forward the necessary application form to the beef farmer whose calf has been confirmed as Persistently Infected (P.I.) by a designated laboratory. Payments will be processed once the conditions of the Scheme have been met. The key conditions are the removal/slaughter of the P.I. calf and the testing of its dam.

Separate arrangements are being put in place by the Department's Wexford office in respect of the removal of P.I calves in both dairy and beef bred herds. The €15 subsidy will be paid directly to the animal collector on submission of the NBAS 31D form relating to the disposed calf.     

Date Released: 23 February 2012