To be introduced January 2014: Reducing the spread of infection
We will not be able to eradicate BVD solely by testing; measures will have to be put in place to reduce the spread of the disease. The two most important factors are:
Stop the movement of BVD virus infected cattle; and,
Help keepers to reduce the chances of buying-in disease.
We aim to do this through the following measures.
Ban on knowingly moving infected BVDV cattle
Persistently Infected (PI) cattle are by far the most important method of transmission of the disease – if they are removed from the herd, the disease will die out. We intend to make it an offence to sell or move any animal that the keeper knows is infected with BVDV - both PI and transiently infected (TI) animals. We will receive the results of virus tests at approved laboratories, so we will be able to monitor through the Cattle Tracing System (CTS) if animals that have tested positive for virus are being moved.
Herd declarations at sale or movement
We will require keepers of all breeding herds to declare the status of any animals presented at sale. Requiring keepers to declare their most recent BVD finding/status in advance of any animal movement is to allow potential purchasers and other persons with a relevant interest to ascertain the current BVD finding/status of the herd/animal.
Restrictions of untested herds/animals
We will introduce movement restrictions on holdings where the keeper of the animals has failed to carry out the mandatory testing requirements. The restriction will stay in place until the keeper has complied with mandatory testing requirements.
From December 2014 the following may be introdcued:
Not Negative Herd Movement restrictions
At some point, cattle from not-negative herds may have to be more restricted. We will propose that cattle from such herds can only be moved direct to slaughter, unless they are individually tested BVD virus free. This is necessary to prevent the movement of disease around Scotland.
Restrictions on brought in animals.
Where animals are brought in from outside Scotland it will be a requirement to individually test these animals for the presence of BVDV within a set period of probably around a month. This should help to prevent the re-introduction of the disease.