IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has welcomed the updated TB testing protocol issued today by the Department of Agriculture.
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“Maintaining trade and the ability to trade for the maximum number of farmers in the current crisis is essential. TB testing is a key element of this as current trade rules dictate,” he said.
He said the updated protocol addresses some of the key concerns raised by IFA in relation to TB testing and ensures farmers who need to test can continue to do so in a much safer way.
Pat Farrell said the exemption of calves under 120 days from a TB test requirement in clear herds is a significant step. It helps farmers and vets carry out tests in a much safer environment, and critically these animals remain eligible for internal trade.
The IFA Chairman said farmers who delay herd tests due to COVID19 issues will be provided with an extra 28 days after their test due date, where trade will be facilitated before the status of the herd will be suspended.
“These new measures follow the facilitation of test delays by the Department of Agriculture last week for farmers and vets who have COVID19 concerns. Farmers should contact their RVO if they have any concerns,” he said.
IFA will remain in regular contact with the Department of Agriculture on this issue as the situation evolves. It’s vital farmers are facilitated in trading their animals and accessing vital export markets throughout this very difficult time.