PED is a virus that causes severe diarrhoea and dehydration in pigs. A new highly pathogenic strain of the virus has spread quickly across North America and was confirmed in the Ukraine near the Polish border in December 2014. If keepers see an episode of unusual or rapidly spreading diarrhoea in pigs of any age they should contact their private vet immediately. To encourage prompt reporting test sampling kits are being distributed, free of charge to all active pig keepers in Scotland.
On the 1st January 2015 sheep with old tags (born or tagged before 1st January 2010) will be subject to a new set of rules. The rules and the options for dealing with them have been detailed in this document.
A very succinct summary of the principle recommendation is: From the 1st of January 2015 if you are moving animals from the historic flock (identified prior to 1st January 2010) to a mart/ Scottish abattoir the advice from industry is to remove the old tags and replace with a new EID pair.
Advice on the historic flock
There is now a facility on the BVD database which enables vets to have access to the testing results conducted by their vet practice. All that is required is for a vet to contact the BVD helpline on 0300 244 9823 and ask to be registered. Once registered vets will be able to correct data (animal IDs etc.) on the database.'
ScotEID have published their latest update on work ongoing with cattle EID. This report provides information on ‘hybrid’ tags, which combine both an LF transponder and UHF transponder to provide real flexibility to farmers, markets and abattoirs.
Cattle EID in Scotland: A research update
The ScotEID Phase 4 development plan outlines the current work of the ScotEID research and development team. The overall objective is to utilise applied research and development to explore the feasibility of a Scottish multi-species livestock relational database system capable of interfacing with other data systems to meet regulatory requirements for the UK Member States well as taking on board additional industry requirements.
Current work includes new software to allow farmers to record farm to farm sheep movements electronically, completion of the BVD database including systems to provide faster data transfer from CTS and laboratories, research into practical systems for cattle EID, and data sharing arrangements to provide information for fast accurate tracing in the event of a disease outbreak.
In January 2014 we will enter phase 3 of the BVD eradication scheme. This will require, along with a continuation of mandatory annual screening:
- A ban on knowingly selling/moving cattle infected with BVDV;
- Requiring the herd's BVD status to be declared before sale; and,
- Restrictions on untested herds/animals
Anyone with any concerns should not hesitate to contact the BVD helpline email@example.com / 0300 244 9823 (open from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday).
Over 90 per cent of farmers have tested for BVD in the first year of mandatory testing, which is an excellent result and tremendous progress in the on-going fight against BVD.
Reminder letters have been sent by Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) to farmers who have yet to test:
The BVD status for an individual animal or holding can now be looked up on the ScotEID website. Users who have not registered with the ScotEID website will only be able to view the status of holdings/animals whilst registered users will be able to view more detailed BVD results for their registered holdings.
Further BVD information
BVD status lookup
ScotEID held an international conference on the practical use of UHF for cattle tag identification at Auchmore farm, Muir of Ord and at Dingwall market. The conference attracted speakers and visitors from around the world. A report on the conference and speakers is available on the link below. Papers presented at the conference will be e-mailed on request to firstname.lastname@example.org.