€6 million annual saving to farmers in testing costs
Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, and Meath West Fine Gael T.D. Damien English has welcomed the ending of pre-movement Brucellosis testing on both sides of the Border with effect from 28th September this year as good news for farmers in Counties Meath and Westmeath.
“Following the effective eradication of Brucellosis on the island, I am delighted that Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney and his Northern Irish counterpart have decided to remove the legislative requirement for pre-movement testing for Brucellosis. This is a major landmark in the history of disease eradication in Ireland” Minister English stated.
Following the progressive and incremental removal of compulsory controls over the last number of years, the most recent of which was the ending of Annual Round testing from the beginning of 2015, the cessation of compulsory pre-movement testing means that routine on-farm brucellosis testing will no longer be required in the Irish State.
This, according to the Department of Agriculture, will result in significant savings for livestock farmers in testing costs, estimated at €6m per annum.