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Do farmers still need to vaccinate against BVD?


BVD test results continue to be received at ICBF and there have been 1.89m results received since January 1 2015.

Since the beginning of the voluntary phase in 2012, some 6.84m BVD test results have been received by the ICBF.

According to Animal Health Ireland the number of animals testing positive for the disease has fallen from 0.7% in 2013 to 0.3% this year.

With such a small number testing positive for BVD many dairy farmers at the Teagasc Moorepark open day questioned whether vaccination for BVD is still necessary?

According to Teagasc Animal Health Specialist Riona Sayers, the answer is yes.

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