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Over 30,000 TB reactors removed in year up to March
Noel Bardon
A worsening of reactor numbers and TB herd incidence trends over 2023 shows no sign of abating.
12 June 2024 News
Two vets censured over TB testing misconduct
The allegations against one vet related to him failing to test adequately or at all one or more animals when conducting TB tests on herds.
5 June 2024 News
No routine TB testing of badger roadkill
Only 61 road kill badgers were tested for TB by the Department of Agriculture in 2023.
TB trends worsen on farms
The minister has amended comments aimed at farming organisation's engagement with TB controls through the disease's stakeholder forum.
8 May 2024 News
TB herd incidence now above 5%
A lack of stakeholder engagement on curbing TB spread between cattle is holding up eradication efforts, Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue has claimed.
7 May 2024 News
25% of beef kill from controlled finishing units in Q1 2024
The number of cattle sourced from such farms was recorded at 115,000 head, representing an increase of 6,000 or 5.5% on the first three months in 2023.
5 May 2024 News
Actual TB spend in 2023 came to €137m
Including farmer's vet fees and estimated Department staffing costs increases the true spend of TB control to almost twice the reported figure.
1 May 2024 News
Grant aid for vets to get TB equipment
Vet IT systems and testing equipment are eligible for grant aid of 50% under the Department's scheme.
3 April 2024 News
New NI chief vet to review TB policy
NI chief vet Brian Dooher is to review DAERA’s bovine TB policy, Agriculture Minister Andrew Muir has said.
13 March 2024 Northern Ireland
Cork TB outbreak ‘came from nothing’
Farmers locked up as a result of TB outbreaks outline how the disease has impacted on their farms, Tommy Moyles reports.
28 February 2024 Feature
43,000 cattle drafted from controlled finishing units in November
A total of 378,500 head have been drafted from controlled finishing units in 2023, which equates to almost 23% of throughput for the year to date.
28 December 2023 News