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THE requirement to test all breeding cattle over 12 months old for brucellosis before export from Northern Ireland came to an end on February 1. The change follows Northern Ireland being granted Officially Brucellosis Free (OBF) status last year (VR, September 19, 2015, vol 177, p 271).
Announcing the end of the testing requirement on January 27, Michelle O'Neill, Northern Ireland's agriculture minister, said: ‘Following successful negotiations with other administrations, I am pleased to announce the abolition of the brucellosis pre-export testing requirement from Monday, February 1, 2016. This …