Important for Herd Owners to Be Aware of Risks of Importing Animals
IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell said the detection of Bluetongue in an imported animal in NI is a reminder of the risks associated with importing animals from regions of lower health status.
The IFA Chairman said farmers in Ireland have made a huge investment in disease control and eradication to attain the very favourable position we currently hold.
Pat Farrell called on the Minister and Department officials to be vigilant on all imports, and to ensure all animals are screened on arrival into Ireland to minimise the risk of disease introduction to the country.
He said individuals who are considering the importation of animals should think long and hard of the implications, not only for their own herds but for the country, before taking that risk.