Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (1019)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

1019. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if restrictions on the herd of a person (details supplied) will be lifted; the reason for the delay; the status of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26940/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

Discrepancies have been identified in the herd of the person named in relation to bovine animal identification and registration over the last number of years.  As a result of these findings, it was necessary to suspend the trading status of the herd. Correct identification and registration of bovine animals is a legal requirement under EU and Irish law.

The local Regional Veterinary Office was in contact with the herd keeper in July 2020 with a view to resolving these discrepancies.  DNA testing has been carried out on the relevant animals and currently my Department Officials are awaiting results of DNA tests. It is expected once results of the DNA tests are known, then the correlations and registrations of relevant animals can take place. Only when this happens will it be possible to lift the suspension on the herd.

The herd keeper was informed of this at a meeting in July 2020 with the local Senior Veterinary Inspector.