DA will ensure Brazil cattle imports are FMD disease free
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it “will be very discerning” in selecting live cattle heads to be shipped from Brazil to ensure that the country will be kept away from the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
In a Tuesday news report, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he, along with a team of experts, would personally inspect the Girolando heifers that the country will be purchasing from Brazil next year as part of its efforts to boost the local livestock sector and milk production.
The official emphasized that the 6,000 heifers to be imported for its program will solely be sourced from its lone FMD-free state of Santa Catarina which enjoys the status absent the practice of vaccination.
“We are bringing a technical team to Brazil this December, and I will be leading the delegation that will visit the area of Santa Catarina,” Piñol was quoted as telling reporters.
“We cannot be indiscriminate. We fully understand the risk [of FMD]. That’s why we will be very discerning and be very careful.”