CONTROL PLAN IN PLACE TO ADDRESS HIGH LEVELS OF BOVINE TB IN COUNTY MONAGHAN

23 July 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A targeted, high-impact bovine TB Control Plan is in place in Co Monaghan to try to address the continuing high levels of the disease detected in herds there, the Department of Agriculture said this week. The plan was also being implemented in parts of counties Cavan and Clare in collaboration with stakeholders, the Department stated when releasing an update on national bovine TD statistics for the second quarter of 2020.

These showed that there had been a 5.38% herd incidence of bovine TB in Co Monaghan since January 1 this year and a 6.87% rolling herd incidence over the past 12 months. 2,361 of the county’s 4,189 herds had been tested, with 127 herds restricted since the start of the year. The Department said that the rolling 12-month herd incidence for the disease nationally was 4% at June 28 this year. “This means that in the previous 12 months, 4,225 herds out of 105,561 tested had at least one bovine TB positive animal. This is the highest level of bovine TB in Ireland since 2012, and continues the trend of a gradual ongoing increase…

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