Fane Valley keeping testing local

With BVD tissue sampling a legal obligation from March 1 Fane Valley Stores staff have the training and experience to advise on tag choice and applicator operation. Portadown branch manager Clifford, McCullagh, right, with colleagues William Martin and Alison Johnston have been kept busy answering queries and demonstrating the three tag types they supply.
With BVD tissue sampling a legal obligation from March 1 Fane Valley Stores staff have the training and experience to advise on tag choice and applicator operation. Portadown branch manager Clifford, McCullagh, right, with colleagues William Martin and Alison Johnston have been kept busy answering queries and demonstrating the three tag types they supply.

Unlike other tag suppliers Fane Valley Stores have arranged for BVD tissue samples from the tags they sell to be tested here in NI by AFBI Veterinary Sciences Division in Belfast.

According to Pat Donnelly, Livestock ID Manager at Fane Valley Stores: “This not only supports our local services but gives a faster turnaround of what we feel are very accurate results as AFBI can carry out two tests, the PCR test and the antigen ELISA test.

“This is a belt and braces approach to identifying Persistently Infected (PI) cattle for prompt removal from the herd a key part of any herd plan.

“Fane Valley, as a local farmer owned business fail to see the logic in posting tissue samples out of the country as this can cause extra time and money on postage as well as delaying getting results back to the farmer.”

Fane Valley have invested in the latest lazer marking technology and with 13 stores in Northern Ireland can turnaround tags with minimum delay ensuring their customers always have an ample supply of tags.

For further advice on BVD tissue tags why not visit your local Fane Valley Store or telephone (028) 3839 4900. The full range of stores can be found at www.fanevalleystores.com.

TAG POSTAGE FREE WITH FANE VALLEY!

Order your BVD tissue sampling ear tags from one of the 13 Fane Valley Stores and tags will be posted free to your farm saving you £5.

This is just one of the farmer friendly offers from farmer owned Fane Valley as BVD tissue sampling becomes compulsory from next Tuesday, March 1st.

For those with an existing stock of tags Fane Valley Stores staff can ensure not one is wasted. Fane Valley can supply a green BVD button tissue sampling tag that matches the tag numbers herd keepers have left over. This will allow farmers to sample the calf while using their existing stock of official DARD tags.

Fane Valley are the only tag supplier to offer the three types of BVD ear tags approved for use in Northern Ireland under the BVD Eradication Programme as well as stocking almost 3000 product lines, including everything needed for the lambing and calving season.

As the tissue testing deadline looms on the 1st March herd owners are also being offered a free applicator worth £18 with their first BVD order placed with Fane Valley by 1st March for at least 50 BVD ear tags.

All these money saving offers are backed by sound advice from well trained, experienced and enthusiastic staff. To order tags or find out further information call into your local Fane Valley Store or telephone 028 3839 4900.