Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Farmers to save €6m as disease testing ends

Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill
Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill Newsdesk Newsdesk

Farmers will save up to €6m after testing requirements were removed following the eradication of brucellosis from the entire island of Ireland.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and his counterpart in Northern Ireland, Michelle O'Neill, confirmed that the pre-movement tests for cattle will end from September 28 onwards.

Mr Coveney said that it was a major achievement in the history of disease eradication.

The minister added that it "would result in significant savings for livestock farmers".

Northern Ireland was declared free of the disease in recent weeks, while the Republic of Ireland had already achieved the status three years ago.

The Irish Farmers' Association's Bert Stewart said the removal of the tests would deliver combined savings of €6m.

The disease will continue to be compulsorily notifiable and the department will continue to monitor it.

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