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Tackling bovine TB in Northern Ireland

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By Georgina Mills

A new partnership has been set up in Northern Ireland as the next step in driving forward the fight against bovine TB.

The TB Eradication Partnership (TBEP) was launched at the Royal Ulster Agriculture Society Balmoral Show by permanent secretary to the Department of Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Denis McMahon.

It is being described as a ‘fresh approach’ to addressing the high levels of bovine TB in Northern Ireland, and involves veterinary and industry representatives, who will provide independent advice, assist in policy development and in programme delivery across the whole of Northern Ireland.

Seamus O’Kane has been appointed as the veterinary representative on the TBEP, alongside Sean Hogan as chair, Sam Strain from a science background, and Adrian Patterson and David Rea, who are both from a farming background.

O’Kane graduated from Dublin university in 1972 and has 46 …

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