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Alan Quinn, Moyvane (centre) receiving the Feales Bridge Perpetual Cup from Pat Corridan after his Friesian Bull Fortmoy Jack was announced the best in his class by show judges, Martin (left) and his father PJ Kelly with winning owner, Tom Quinn... Credit: Photo by John Reidy

Alan Quinn, Moyvane (centre) receiving the Feales Bridge Perpetual Cup from Pat Corridan after his Friesian Bull Fortmoy Jack was announced the best in his class by show judges, Martin (left) and his father PJ Kelly with winning owner, Tom Quinn... Credit: Photo by John Reidy

Alan Quinn, Moyvane (centre) receiving the Feales Bridge Perpetual Cup from Pat Corridan after his Friesian Bull Fortmoy Jack was announced the best in his class by show judges, Martin (left) and his father PJ Kelly with winning owner, Tom Quinn... Credit: Photo by John Reidy

IFA President John Bryan has welcomed the change in TB testing rules to facilitate the slaughter of cattle up to 18 months since their last test.

Mr Bryan said the new arrangements will allow for purchased-in animals to be slaughtered up to 18 months since their last TB test, provided the herd is in 12month test and will remove the necessity for most finishers to have private tests carried out on bought-in animals out of test.

"The private testing of these animals immediately prior to slaughter has been a major cost to finishers because of the loss of weight from assembling heavy cattle twice in three days, the veterinary expenses and the distortion to normal sale," Mr Bryan said.

IFA Animal Health Project Team Chairman John Waters said the IFA will be monitoring the introduction of this new arrangement to ensure the conditions are not overly restrictive on farmers and their ability to continue to trade as normal.

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"Our recent survey on TB testing charges identified average call-out fees of over €60 and €3.69 per animal tested. This new arrangement will remove this exorbitant and unnecessary cost for cattle finishers," he said.


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