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THE BVA and its Northern Ireland Branch have welcomed a move to biennial testing for brucellosis in Northern Ireland, which took effect on June 29, describing it as ‘testament to the hard work of farmers and local vets’ in eradicating the disease from Northern Ireland.
On June 23, Michelle O'Neill, the agriculture minister in Northern Ireland, announced that, following a consultation on a future brucellosis testing regimen, she had instructed officials to move from the current annual testing to biennial herd testing on June 29. ‘This downgrading of routine brucellosis surveillance is in line with the EU Directive that prescribes testing requirements, and comes ahead of original plans to implement change,’ she said. ‘I am delighted that we …