Thursday, 24 September 2020

Questions (295)

Carol Nolan

Question:

295. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of cattle herds in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020, in which no additional animals were bought but which still failed the tuberculosis test in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26179/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The data in the table below shows the total number of TB Breakdowns for each year requested. It also shows the last time those herds purchased in animals on foot of a clear TB test.

The Deputy will notice that 95% of herds that had a breakdown had moved in animals within the two years prior to the breakdown. Only 1.5% of herds that had a breakdown had not moved animals in within the preceding six years.

While herdowners are free to trade animals after two clear tests, it does not mean that the risk of those animals developing TB in the future is zero. Research has shown that animals present during a breakdown are at a higher risk of subsequently becoming a reactor.

Year of Breakdown

Total Breakdowns

Last movement in was within 2 years prior to breakdown

Last movement in was between 2 to 4 years prior to breakdown

Last movement in was between 4 to 6 years prior to breakdown.

Last movement in took place 6 or more years prior to breakdown.

2017

3,887

3,747

61

24

55

2018

3,878

3,731

63

30

54

2019

4,078

3,857

114

40

67

2020

3,459

3,192

161

50

56

15,302

14,527

399

144

232