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Covid-19 BCVA Updates

Tue, 20 October 2020
A fortnight long ‘firebreak’ tactic to combat Coronavirus will be introduced in Wales from 6pm on Friday 23 October and end at midnight on Sunday 8 November. During this time, it is expected that veterinary practices can continue to operate during the Firebreak period, but for essential and urgent work only. As much non-urgent veterinary work as possible should be postponed. The purpose of the...
Fri, 15 May 2020
APHA have now confirmed new changes to the testing of cattle under 180 days of age, in short interval and check tests.  BCVA welcomes this practical, temporary amendment, which is in place to further protect vets and farmers when the youngstock cannot safely be tested with social distancing in place, in herds that are OTFS and OTFW.   The amendment to...
Mon, 11 May 2020
After APHA’s announcement last week regarding the temporary amendment in England and Wales to the testing of calves under 180 days of age in OTF herds, we know that many of our members are hearing confusing statements from farmers, so here is a useful summary of some key points from the briefing note; The temporary amendment only applies to Officially TB Free (OTF)  herds subject to routine...
Tue, 5 May 2020
After feedback from the veterinary profession, the Animal Health and Plant and Health Agency (APHA) has announced further measures to enable TB herd tests to be completed safely on farms during COVID-19. BCVA welcomes these new measures, which state that from 4 May 2020, calves under 180 days of age are temporarily exempt from bTB testing, if testing these calves cannot be done safely, within...
Fri, 24 April 2020
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We all now know how important the 2-metre rule is, and BCVA has been illustrating this with the description that the desired gap is about the size of a cow. But what does that really look like on farm in practical terms, and how have you been making that work in reality?  We asked members to send in pictures where vets and farmers are working together to help each other stay safe...

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