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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has welcomed the development of a protocol between the Department of Agriculture, BVD testing laboratories and tag supply companies, which will offset some of the difficulties associated with empty BVD samples for farmers.

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IFA Animal Health chairman Pat Farrell has said Animal Health Ireland (AHI) must engage with all designated BVD testing laboratories and offer them the opportunity to sign up to the Code of Practice developed by the BVD Implementation group.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has said the unacceptable increase in the number of empty samples reported in the BVD programme last year appears to be continuing in the 2018 programme and the impact on farmers must be addressed through a system developed by Animal Health Ireland (AHI) with tag suppliers and testing laboratories.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the development of a Code of Practice for BVD testing laboratories is progressing slowly to a conclusion.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has said the potentially increased costs for national bovine identification tags further strengthen the IFA case for immediate and meaningful Department of Agriculture financial supports towards the cost of tags and BVD testing.

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