TB Northern Ireland

New TB partnership members named

New TB partnership members named

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has today announced the new chairman and first four members...

May 17, 2018

Northern TB rates appear to stabilise

Northern TB rates appear to stabilise

TB’s advance appears to be slowing in Northern Ireland. Despite a slight increase in the region’s latest figures, the disease’s incidence...

May 8, 2018

TB eradication partnership start date delayed

TB eradication partnership start date delayed

Bad weather has meant Northern Ireland’s TB Eradication Partnership (TBEP) start date is likely to be pushed back towards the...

March 27, 2018

Change in direction for Northern TB rates

Change in direction for Northern TB rates

Bovine TB rates in Northern Ireland have dropped for the first time in more than a year. The disease hit...

March 19, 2018

TB to halt NI’s Spanish calf exports post-Brexit

TB to halt NI’s Spanish calf exports post-Brexit

Northern Ireland’s TB crisis has already begun to affect its future trade prospects, with Spain already saying it will not...

March 15, 2018

Are ‘hidden infected’ putting your herd at risk of TB?

Are ‘hidden infected’ putting your herd at risk of TB?

Co-infection – especially with liver fluke – could be desensitising existing TB tests, essentially putting control measures to waste as...

March 14, 2018

Radical movement controls could push Ireland towards TB eradication

Radical movement controls could push Ireland towards TB eradication

For the first time scientists say they could have the answer to eradicating TB in Ireland – and there’s no reason...

March 14, 2018

Huey: ‘I’m in a bind over TB – major decisions need to be made’

Huey: ‘I’m in a bind over TB – major decisions need to be made’

A lack of elected leadership has put major strain on Northern Ireland’s TB situation, the region’s chief veterinary officer Robert...

March 13, 2018

TB risk: Restaurant-style ratings for farms?

TB risk: Restaurant-style ratings for farms?

A Northern Ireland pedigree society has written to the chief veterinary officer asking that a tiered approach is taken towards...

February 20, 2018

TB update: Latest figures show rates at worst in 15 years

TB update: Latest figures show rates at worst in 15 years

Official statistics show the bovine TB situation in Northern Ireland is worsening – the herd incidence rate in the region...

February 16, 2018

TB costs to ‘spiral’ under status quo – proposals show

TB costs to ‘spiral’ under status quo – proposals show

Maintaining of the status quo over the next 40 years would cost Northern Ireland an estimated £1,055 million (€1,189.8 million)...

February 5, 2018

New TB quangos to cost NI up to £20,000 a year

New TB quangos to cost NI up to £20,000 a year

New TB quangos – including TBEP – are expected to cost Northern Ireland up to £20,000 a year, according to...

February 5, 2018

TB vet: ‘It took a year to keep me out of prison and for me to keep my job’

TB vet: ‘It took a year to keep me out of prison and for me to keep my job’

Pioneering vet Dick Sibley thought he would have been lauded after he managed to clear a chronically infected herd of...

February 1, 2018

Dick Sibley’s TB Quad System: ‘There’s no point crossing the road and only looking one way’

Dick Sibley’s TB Quad System: ‘There’s no point crossing the road and only looking one way’

Pioneering TB vet Dick Sibley introduces himself with a disclaimer: “Anything other than an approved test is a criminal offence...

February 1, 2018

‘No one talks about the suffering badgers’

‘No one talks about the suffering badgers’

Farmers at an Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) meeting held earlier this week said they felt appalled that badgers were being...

February 1, 2018

TB crisis: ‘There is no justification that farmers should be asked to fund failure’

TB crisis: ‘There is no justification that farmers should be asked to fund failure’

Pedigree breeders in the North say they feel they are being punished over TB because of “government failure”. Asking farmers...

January 31, 2018

TB levy proposals could raise up to £4.8 million a year

TB levy proposals could raise up to £4.8 million a year

Proposals for an industry-led TB levy could raise up to £4.8 million a year if the maximum £3 per animal...

January 31, 2018

DAERA extends TB consultation despite TBEP closing date passing

DAERA extends TB consultation despite TBEP closing date passing

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced an extension to the closing date for responses to...

January 31, 2018