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Bovine Disease Controls

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 28 June 2017

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Ceisteanna (215)

Martin Kenny

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215. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans for the establishment of an infectious bovine rhinotracheitis eradication scheme; and the estimated cost of such a scheme. [30373/17]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

My Department is aware of moves by certain member states toward the introduction of Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) Eradication Programmes.  In this regard a cost benefit analysis study funded by my Department is currently being undertaken in Teagasc.  This analysis will cover a number of areas, including (i) the costs associated with the loss of the live export trade in calves and weanling to EU markets and (ii) the on-farm losses associated with reduced output on farms.  The outcome of the study will be presented by Animal Health Ireland (AHI) to relevant stakeholders who will decide on whether to progress towards a national eradication programme.

In view of the importance attached to the live export trade, AHI has developed a series of information leaflets providing veterinary practitioners, farmers and their advisers with up to date information on IBR and its control. I would urge all concerned to adopt this advice  with a view to minimising the impact of this disease.

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