It is over six years since the then Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill came forward with plans to introduce a new system for compensating TB reactor animals based on table values.

It is something in place in England since 2006, and updated each month based on average market values for cattle across a number of categories. For example, in November 2017, a pedigree bull over two years is valued at £2,476, a commercial bullock over 20 months at £1,027 and a commercial dairy cow up to seven years old is valued at £1,252.