UFU Watch: Consultation Begins on TB and Brucellosis
THE Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the commencement of public consultation on its Bovine Brucellosis Policy Review Report and its Bovine Tuberculosis Policy Review Group Report.
The UFU will be studying in detail the various recommendations made within the two reports. Both consultations will run until October and the Ulster Farmers Union will be consulting widely with its members during this time.
Brucellosis policy review report
Realistically it will take seven years to eradicate Brucellosis from Northern Ireland; In the meantime, DARD is seeking to reduce the number of outbreaks to 150 a year within 3 years of implementation of the new approach; DARD also intends to bring its policy into full compliance with EU rules; This will be done by:-
(i) adjusting the testing frequency and introducing pre-movement testing;
(ii) changing the valuation process to render it less subjective more acceptable and less susceptible to legal challenge;
(iii) imposing a cap of pounds 1500 on the compensation payable for in contact animals;
(iv) taking powers to deduct compensation where there has been contributory negligence;
(v) taking powers to enforce housing and movement restrictions and enhancing those related to depopulation, restocking and the treatment of slurry;
(vi) augmentation of the Animal and Public Health Information System (APHIS);
(vii) re-evaluation of diagnostic tests;
(viii) an enhanced education
and awareness campaign.
In response to industry views, the report also recommends that a Brucellosis consultative forum comprising of representatives of all key stakeholders be established to contribute to the implementation and development of the eradication policy. …