Department to 'name and shame' farmers holding BVD calves
Letters will shortly be sent to neighbouring farms
The Department of Agriculture will shortly send letters to the neighbours of farmers holding onto calves persistently infected (PI) with the BVD virus in their herds.
Officials said they have moved to restrict herds which have retained PI animals in recent weeks as a step before effectively 'naming and shaming' those retaining Bovine Viral Diarrhoea infected animals.
A spokesman for the Department said there has been a "very positive response" to the restriction move with considerable numbers of farmers who had been retaining PI animals now moving them directly to slaughter.
"As the next step in the process, the Department will shortly be sending a letter to the neighbours of farmers continuing to retain PI animals in their herds informing them of the situation," it stated.
"The names of the farmers retaining PI animals have not been published in any other format."
A decision was taken by the BVD Implementation Group to continue tissue tag-sampling for BVD for at least another 12 months due to the levels of PI calves in the national herd.
Pat McCormack, deputy president of the ICMSA, said farmers had signed up in "good faith" to a three year programme.
He said they had complied with the rules but were facing additional costs.