All calves born on or after January 1, 2013, must be tested for BVD and cannot be sold unless a negative test result is available in respect of the animal.
The estimated annual on-farm losses resulting from the disease are of the order of €102m. Eliminating these losses is the aim of the BVD Eradication Programme.
Agriculture, Food and Marine Minister Simon Coveney said excellent progress is being made under the programme.
However, there is a problem with the number of Persistently Infected (PI) animals being retained on a relatively small number of farms.
He said he was glad to be in a position to refocus and better target the support provided by his Department in 2014.
The refocused and improved support of €120 will target the first and subsequent PI calves born in beef herds in 2014, provided disposal of the PI calves take place in a timely fashion.
There would also be support of €75 towards the second and subsequent PI female calves born in dairy herds in 2014, again provided that they are disposed of in a timely manner.
These supports will apply for one year only.
* A BVD helpline is operational on 076-1064590 to assist farmers who have queries in relation to the programme