Beware of disease and sale problems with imported cattle: IFA

High prevalence of BVD has been detected in some imported cattle consignments, according to IFA.

Farmers should be extremely careful in protecting the health status of their herds and should not purchase animal of unknown origin, said IFA President John Bryan.

He said imported animals will not be allowed join the Bord Bia Quality Assurance scheme, and that most beef processors have made it very clear they will not purchase imported cattle, because of the identification and traceability problems involved.

“In the past, it was very difficult to get imported animals slaughtered, and in many cases only derisory prices were offered,” said Mr Bryan.

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