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Cattle disease consultation progresses

BVD virus thought to cost sector near £1 million

Efforts to limit a disease which costs Manx farmers hundreds of thousands of pounds will be progressed in the new year.

A consultation introducing new measures on BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) closes tomorrow.

The virus, which stunts breeding and can be fatal, is thought to cost the average dairy herd £13,500 every year - with the overall cost to the sector nearer a million pounds.

Government says it wants to manage the risk of infection by restricting movement and ramping up 'biosecurity', as well as stricter tests on imported livestock.

You can give your views via consult.gov.im.

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