End of pre-movement Brucellosis testing welcome

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Galway East TD Paul Connaughton has warmly welcomed the end of pre-movement Brucellosis testing on both sides of the border with effect from Monday next.

‘I would like to congratulate Minister Simon Coveney and his counterpart in Northern Ireland, Ms. Michelle O’Neill, for taking swift action on this now that Brucellosis has been eradicated on the island of Ireland.

‘The end of routine on-farm Brucellosis testing is great news for farmers, it will save farmers significant sums of money, these tests currently cost farmers €6 million per annum. Although routine testing will cease from next week, the disease will continue to be compulsorily notifiable and culled cows will continue to be tested at slaughter plants, as will aborted foetuses and post-abortion blood samples sent to regional veterinary laboratories, but in these cases there is no cost to the farmer.

‘Now that we have a Brucellosis free island, farmers should be aware that they should continue to report all abortions in cattle and to submit aborted foetuses to the regional laboratories and have the animal that aborted tested for Brucellosis as soon as possible.

‘I would like to commend Minister Coveney on moving swiftly on this issue. It is important that decisions, such as the decision to end pre-movement testing, are made as quickly as possible and that farmers do not have to endure unnecessary bureaucracy.’