In recent weeks, reports from farmers would suggest that there has been an increase in the incidence of bovine TB in some areas.

Some of that increase may be due to vets being under instruction from DAERA to apply a more severe interpretation of the skin test for TB. However, there have also been examples where farmers have had most, or all, of their herd depopulated due to an outbreak. They have subsequently re-stocked with cattle, only to be hit by another infection of bovine TB this year. The evidence all points to disease in the local wildlife population – it remains an immense source of frustration that nothing has effectively been done to tackle this issue head on.