“We raised this issue with the European Commission: it is time to evaluate the level of danger associated with each strain” of bluetongue, Jean-Pierre Fleury, beef chair of the EU-wide farming organisation COPA-COGECA and former chair of the French beef farmers’ union FNB, told the Irish Farmers Journal during a visit to Ireland this week.

The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has been reviewing bluetongue management measures and announced it would issue its evaluation of the risks posed by the virus’s 26 different strains at the end of this month.