The Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland
Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland

BVD Eradication

6th July 2015

Auctioneers welcome relaxation on BVD rules

Scottish Government has announced they will issue a General Licence to commence on 6 July 2015 that will allow the movement of cattle (but not PI animals) off not-negative holdings to slaughter via markets. The intention of this licence is to allow the routine slaughter trade in prime and cull animals to continue under the BVD legislation which came into effect from 1 June 2015.

As a step to record these movements the animals traded under this General Licence at the markets specified by IAAS will be reported to ScotEID this will avoid undue letters of non-compliance being issued and provide a means to assess any risks. To assist in this process keepers consigning animals through this route will complete and sign a declaration that the animals originate from a non-negative herd and are intended for slaughter.

 This General Licence will operate for a limited period during which continued encouragement should be made by all parties for keepers with non-negative herds to test and eradicate BVD from their herds. During this period failure to comply with the licence conditions (which apply to the keeper) will not result in action against the markets.

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