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IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell has said formalising the vaccination of badgers as a part of the TB eradication programme in the seven areas where vaccination trials were taking place over the past number of years is the logical next step.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the issuing of guideline prices on a weekly basis by the Department of Agriculture that are not representative of actual market prices is compounding existing problems that farmers have with the live valuation scheme.

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Commenting on the results of the field scale trial of badger vaccination against TB in Kilkenny, Bert Stewart IFA Animal Health Chairman said it is important to keep these results in context.

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IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart has strongly criticised the Department of Agriculture for its interference with the independence of the live valuation scheme, and the resulting under-valuation of animals removed as TB reactors from farms.

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Welcoming the commitment secured by IFA in the Programme for Government to address TB blackspot areas, IFA Animal Health Chairman Bert Stewart said the drive towards eradication must be expedited.

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