THE Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club has announced that all animals on offer at its forthcoming spring sales will be BVD tested and vaccinated.
The events take place at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday, March 15, and Friday, May 3.
Club secretary Robin Boyd explained: “It is compulsory for all pedigree animals at official club and society sales to be tested and vaccinated for BVD, but our committee has taken the decision to extend this entry criteria to include the commercial animals on offer at our March sale.
“As a breed we are working hard to eradicate disease, and our members are actively encouraged to participate in one of the herd health schemes in a bid to safeguard the future of the UK cattle industry. Cattle from ‘clean’ herds are potentially worth more, and the marketing opportunities are endless as they are eligible for export to other European countries where strict import regulations are in place.
“BVD is a complex disease which has a detrimental effect on the profitability of any bovine enterprise. Simmental is widely sought-after for its maternal and terminal traits, and as a club we want to safeguard our market, and provide our valued customers with high quality cattle from ‘healthy’ herds.”
Friday, February 15, is the closing date for entries for the March show and sale.
All commercial entries will be inspected on-farm, and anyone interested in entering non-pedigree stock should contact Jim Hamilton on mobile: 07590 444732.