22nd October 2014
Following a meeting with Department of Agriculture officials, ICSA understands that the Minister is actively considering a range of measures which should lead to the end of brucellosis testing in 2015.
“ICSA believes that it will be appropriate to end round testing for brucellosis in 2015, and we would also like to see an end to pre-movement testing for the disease, depending of course on progress in achieving brucellosis-free status in Northern Ireland,” said ICSA animal health group chairman John Barron.
“Brucellosis testing has been a huge cost for farmers over the years in terms of time and resources, and has interfered substantially with the mart trade. It will be very welcome to see an end to this, and most importantly, it highlights the success achieved by farmers and the Department in reaching this stage.”