National BVD Eradication Scheme
Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is a highly contagious viral disease of cattle that can be transmitted as easily as the common cold. It can be spread directly by infected animals, or indirectly via contaminated faeces, equipment etc. The disease is estimated to cost the Irish cattle industry €102 million annually. From 1st January 2013 a compulsory BVD eradication scheme has been operational in Ireland. Operated by Animal Health Ireland (AHI), the scheme will run for 3 years on all Irish farms with a monitoring programme in place for a time thereafter. Oldcastle Laboratories is one of the laboratories designated by AHI to carry out testing as part of the scheme.
How the scheme operates
All calves born in Ireland must be tagged with tissue sampling tags. On arrival at the laboratory the tissue is punched out of the tags and tag details are recorded. Samples are assayed overnight and results are reported the following day to the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF) who will text the results to the herdowner. Results will be reported as negative, positive, inconclusive or no sample.
In February 2012 Oldcastle Laboratories was accredited to the ISO 17025 standard by the Irish National Accreditation Board for BVD Antigen Testing. This is an international accreditation and is a further guarantee of the service provided here at Oldcastle Laboratories. The scope of this accreditation covers Blood and tissue sample.
Sending BVD Samples
Please ensure you use a sturdy padded envelope to send your samples to the laboratory as samples may be lost in post office sorting offices if the envelopes used are not adequate.
Include the following information with your first samples:
- Name & Address
- Contact Telephone number
- Email Address (if available)
- Herd Number
- Method of payment
For the latest information on pricing of the BVD samples please contact the office and we will be happy to advise you. Herd owners may set up joint accounts with multiple herds numbers attached to it but this should be stated when sending in samples for the first time.