FARMERS in Sligo and surrounding counties may have to wait longer in future for results of brucellosis blood tests as the service is being moved to Cork.
The Sligo Champion understands that testing for brucellosis will cease on December 14th at the Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Dunally after 45 years.
Some 200,000 tests are analysed every year in Sligo with farmers being able to have results back within 24 hours in many cases.
There are now fears in the local farming community that the introduction of centralised testing in Cork could delay results by up to a week or ten days.
The Dunally laboratory has been performing the service not only for Sligo but also surrounding counties of Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Donegal, and Galway.
Tests from Cavan, Longford, Monaghan, Offaly, KIldare, Dublin Kilkenny and Westmeath are also dealt with in Sligo.
County Sligo IFA Chairman, Eddie Davitt expressed his disappointment at the change.
"It's yet another service being taken out of the West and we're totally opposed to it.
"The Dunally laboratory has played a vital role in serving the farming community in this region with quick accurate testing for brucelosis and it should be retained here," he said.