Re­ac­tors re­moved just in time

Irish Examiner - Farming - - NEWS -

Ire­land is within two days of fail­ing to ob­serve the EU le­gal re­quire­ment of hav­ing TB re­ac­tors re­moved from a hold­ing within 30 days. Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Michael Creed said the av­er­age num­ber of days for re­ac­tors to be re­moved in 2016 was 27.9. He said, “My Depart­ment does not be­lieve that such de­lays con­sti­tute a risk to other an­i­mals in the herds, be­cause farm­ers are re­quired by law to seg­re­gate re­ac­tors from the rest of the herd, and to take other biose­cu­rity pre­cau­tions, thereby mit­i­gat­ing the risk of the spread of dis­ease.”

He said there are many fac­tors be­yond the con­trol of his Depart­ment which may de­lay re­moval of re­ac­tors. “These in­clude de­lays on the part of the her­downer in ac­cept­ing a val­u­a­tion, the need to com­ply with EU reg­u­la­tions pro­hibit­ing the trans­port of an­i­mals in late stages of preg­nancy or hav­ing re­cently calved, the med­i­ca­tion of an­i­mals shortly be­fore the skin test, etc.”

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