From 15 January 2018, beef herds in NI will move on to a one year in three testing regime for brucellosis, DAERA chief vet Robert Huey has announced.

With the last confirmed case of brucellosis in February 2012, and NI obtaining officially brucellosis-free status in 2015, there has been a gradual reduction in testing requirements in recent years. That included in 2015 an end to pre-movement testing, and moving beef herds to a test once every two years, and in dairy herds, a test once in the next five (to sit alongside bulk milk testing).