TB woes continue in Wicklow with reactor rates way above national average
TB rates in Wicklow continue to be well above national average, according to latest figures from the Department of Agriculture.
In an update on national TB incidence for Quarter 2 2017, Department figures show Wicklow West and East had a reactor rates per 1000 tests of 6.90 and 3.95 respectively compared to just 1.62 nationally.
So far in 2017, there have been 204 reactors in West Wicklow out of 298 tested herds. This compares starkly to figures seen in other parts if the country. For example, in Limerick there was a similar number of reactors to that of West Wicklow at 196 however, some 2,661 herds were tested in Limerick.
Nationally over 55,000 herds have been tested thus far in 2017, of which 1,500 herds have been restricted with over 6,700 reactors to date.
Other counties with high TB incidence rates include Wexford (2.65), Westmeath (3.15) and Dublin (2.14).
Earlier this year a major research project found Professional hunters should be brought in to cull between 17,000 and 50,000 deer in Wicklow.
The study claimed that deer numbers in the area were too high for recreational hunters to significantly reduce the population.