DAERA announces date Covid-19 TB testing mitigations will end
The measures were introduced between March and May 2020 to protect farm families, testing veterinarians and to mitigate the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the bTB programme.
Extenuating circumstances could include, for example, a requirement for self-isolation due to Covid-19. Minister Poots said: “Last year, I took early action to implement a number of changes to safeguard the health and well-being of farmers, veterinary practitioners and staff. These actions also ensured that our bovine TB programme could continue to operate during the pandemic.
At the time I agreed to keep these measures under review and I believe we have now reached the point where normal arrangements can resume.“It is essential that our bovine TB herd tests are carried out within the prescribed timeframes, both for the control of the disease and to ensure that the Northern Ireland TB programme remains compliant with legislative requirements. “Our TB programme facilitates access to export markets by our export-dependent livestock and livestock product sectors. This trade is worth £1.7 billion to the beef and dairy industry each year.”