Farmers to receive funding for PI calves

Funding has been made available for farmers who have multiple cases of PI calves in their herd.

Funding has been made available for farmers who have multiple cases of PI calves in their herd.

The announcement was made by the Minister for Agriculture Food and The Marine, Simon Coveney TD, last week, under the compulsory phase of the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) Eradication Programme.

It is expected that the payment will be made to farmers whose suckler herds have two or more calves culled from the herd under the programme, and that rates will include €100 in respect of the second and subsequent PI calves.

“There is a strong welfare argument in favour of offering this assistance which would be a contribution towards the replacement cost of a PI calf,” explained the Minister.

“The industry-led programme was a major undertaking for the agricultural sector, and the test compliance rates under the compulsory phase of programme are running at a very high level.”

Meanwhile, IFA Animal Health Chairman, John Waters welcomed the provision.

“The supports announced by the Minister will reduce some of the burden experienced by farmers, and assist in achieving eradication of BVD,” he added.

“The financial benefits of BVD-free status to farmers, are estimated to be in excess of €100m annually.

“In order for farmers to avail of the savings and improved returns, it is critical that we attain this status as soon as possible.”

Farmers interested in the scheme can call (076) 1064590 for further information.