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News round-up from Northern Ireland
Peter McCann
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
11 June 2024 News
Free bluetongue testing for farmers in Britain
Farms along the east and south coast of Britain are at highest risk of Bluetongue virus, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
8 May 2024 News
No plans for bluetongue vaccine in Ireland
The Department of Agriculture said the bluetongue situation is being monitored closely and keeping the virus out of the island of Ireland is a main priority.
Climate change: driving up animal diseases on your farm
Wetter and warmer weather will bring with them a whole new set of disease pressures for Irish farms. Caitríona Morrissey reports.
8 May 2024 News
News round-up from Northern Ireland
Weekly round-up of news from the farming industry in Northern Ireland.
Bluetongue vaccine approved in the Netherlands
Sheep will require one dose of the vaccine, with cattle needing two doses before they are optimally protected against the virus.
Schmallenberg cases rise on 2023
Seven out of 148 animal carcasses tested positive for Schmallenberg in the first three months of the year.
10 April 2024 News
Muir rules out Bluetongue compensation scheme
There are no plans in DAERA to compensate NI farmers with livestock stranded in Britain due to Bluetongue restrictions
3 April 2024 Northern Ireland
Ireland still on high alert for bluetongue threat – Department
The Department has said it is continuing to monitor the bluetongue situation closely in Britain.
31 March 2024 News
Increased BVD funding for farmers confirmed
Farmers will receive an increased payment per calf, up to 25 calves, under the BVD national eradication programme.
28 March 2024 News
Shippers warn of calf exports collapse
Seamus Scallan of the Wicklow Calf Company forecast that calf sales to other EU states could potentially fall by 50,000 head this year.
20 March 2024 News
Ban on livestock imports to remain
To date, 123 cases of the viral disease bluetongue have been detected on 73 premises in England.
6 March 2024 Northern Ireland