Since 2010 veterinary practices across Scotland having been working hard with cattle keepers to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD). Your front-line experience, knowledge, and advice has been critical to the success of the scheme so far. Together we have reduced the level of BVD exposure in Scottish breeding herds from 40% to 9%.
To move Scotland closer to BVD eradication, Scottish Government are proposing to introduce new measures into the scheme. These include updating how Check Tests are carried out, bolstering Compulsory BVD Investigations, and increasing obligations for non-breeding herds. They have developed these nine new proposals through the BVD advisory group (made up of civil servants, industry representatives and vets).
To make sure these proposals will work to eradication of BVD, they need your views. Through your work on cattle holdings you are best-placed to understand what works (or doesn’t) on the ground.
As these proposals may impact your work with cattle keepers, we would appreciate you taking the time to consider them and share your views through our online consultation platform.
The consultation will run from 15 November 2023 to 7 February 2024.