Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)

BVD (bovine viral diarrhoea) is a viral disease that affects all cattle, is easily transmitted and can spread throughout a herd very quickly.

30 July 2014

The BVD National Eradication Programme was introduced in Ireland on the 1st January 2012 as optional, but then became compulsory as of 1st January 2013.

Key points of the legislation include:

  • All calves born on 1st January 2013 or later must be tested
  • Sale of calves without a negative test result is banned
  • Follow-up testing is required where PIs (persistently infected animals) are identified

Under the BVD National Eradication Programme, a tissue sample of each newborn calf must be submitted for testing. Where BVD virus positive calves are detected, you will have the option to confirm them as persistently infected (PI). Further testing will be required in herds with PI calves. Results will be issued by ICBF using SMS (text) messages and letters.

Options for getting BVD Tissue Tag Samples to Animal Health Laboratories are:

  • Deliver samples direct to Shinagh House, Dunmanway Road, Bandon.
  • Post samples to Animal Health Laboratories, Shinagh House, Bandon, Co. Cork.
  • Drop samples to collection boxes at the locations below.
Drop-Off Location Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Bandon Mart 11am to
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Skibbereen Mart × × × × 11am to
Macroom Mart × × × × × 11am to
Drinagh Central Hardware × × × × Collection cut off
Dunmanway Hardware × × × × Collection cut off
Castletownbere × Collection cut off
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Skibbereen Hardware Collection cut off
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Bantry Farm Centre × × × Collection cut off
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