Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (476)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

476. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will assist in a matter (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16212/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Regional Veterinary Office (RVO) of my Department carried out an investigation recently and found serious identification discrepancies with regard to movement notifications to the Animal Identification and Movement database for the herd in question.  Some of these movements impacted upon establishing the TB status of the herd. As a consequence of these findings, the trading status of the herd has been restricted. 

The RVO is currently in contact with the livestock mart and the herd keeper with a view to assisting in resolving the large number of discrepancies identified as soon as possible, and to regularise the epidemiological unit and establish the TB status of the herd.   When all these matters are resolved in a satisfactory manner, the herd will be free to trade.