Strong opposition is emerging among farmers to possible changes to compensation for TB reactor animals as proposed in the ongoing DAERA public consultation on bovine TB, which closes to responses on 1 February.

Speaking earlier this week, Ulster Farmers’ Union deputy president Victor Chestnutt was clear that if the changes are implemented, it would lead to an angry response from the farming community. He maintains that cutting compensation would effectively amount to “legalised theft” of TB-infected animals.