Farmers have welcomed the exemption of calves under 120 days from a TB test requirement, in clear herds.
“It helps farmers and vets carry out tests in a much safer environment, and critically these animals remain eligible for internal trade,” said IFA Animal Health Chairman Pat Farrell.
He welcomed the updated TB testing protocol issued by the Department of Agriculture, noting that TB testing is a key element of maintaining cattle trading for the maximum number of farmers.
He said farmers who delay herd tests due to Covid-19 issues will have an extra 28 days’ trading after the test due date, before the status of the herd will be suspended.
“Farmers should contact their Regional Veterinary Office if they have any concerns,” he said.
ICMSA Deputy President, Lorcan McCabe said extending the test requirement for calves from 42 to 120 days means they can be sold off the farm for up to four months without a test.
The 42-day requirement still applies for calf export and for reactor re-tests.