ALTHOUGH THE bulk of animal blood testing is to be moved to Cork from the regional veterinary laboratory at Dunally in Sligo, a local farm leader said it was "not all doom and gloom".
IFA County Chairman Eddie Davitt made his comments after a meeting in Sligo last week with Michael Casey, Department of Agriculture senior veterinary officer, who is in charge of all laboratories.
Also at the meeting, in Molly Fulton's in Carraroe, were the IFA county chairman from Leitrim and Roscommon.
Although all brucellosis blood testing has moved to Cork from Friday last, Mr. Davitt said that blood testing, in a limited capacity, will continue in Dunally.
And he pointed out that any animal under two years old on January 1st next will be allowed to be exported without a 30-day test.
He explained that blood samples handed in at Dunally, from a farmer who had a private test or from an exporter, would be dealt with in Dunally, in a limited capacity.
He added that all other activities at the Dunally laboratory, such as in relation to sick animals and post mortems, hadn't changed. Posted blood samples will be dealt with in Cork.