The number of cattle that have reacted positively to the skin test for bovine TB and been removed off NI farms over the first five months of 2016 is the highest it has been for 12 years.

In total, 4,955 cattle were taken as reactors compared with 4,457 for the same period in 2015 and 3,461 in the first five months of 2014. In 2010, the equivalent figure was only 2,863.