Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (234)

Eugene Murphy

Question:

234. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the promptness with which information is relayed to local regional ERAD offices in the event of positive bovine TB samples identified by the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory; if affected herd owners are given an appraisal of the situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12456/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

When a sample is found to be positive for TB in the Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, the results are transferred to the Animal Health Computer System. This process takes place on a daily basis by file transfer. The Animal Health Computer System is available to staff in every Regional Veterinary Office in the country.

When laboratory investigations are complete, the results are followed up in the Regional Veterinary Office. The relevant documentation is automatically created from the Animal Health Computer System and is sent to the herd owner concerned.