28 March 2015 | Online since 2003



TB report shows complexity of disease, say vets


Veterinary associations have welcomed the Review into Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) by the Assembly’s Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Committee, and highlighted the importance of the role of veterinary surgeons in delivering an effective TB eradication strategy.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and its local division the North of Ireland Veterinary Association (NIVA) particularly welcomed:

The call for the Government to have a specific target to eradicate TB, rather than just controlling the disease.

The need to utilise the expertise of local veterinary practices in partnership with farmers.

The focus on improving communication to ensure the limitations of the testing regime are understood well enough to make risk-based decisions.

The need for DARD to carry out scoping work for the test, vaccinate or remove (TVR) policy to identify and address potential weaknesses in the model

The need for better understanding through detailed epidemiological studies to understand the risk factors and reinvigorated biosecurity training and advice.

As part of the review NIVA and the Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practising in NI (AVSPNI) submitted written evidence and were invited to give oral evidence to the Committee.

"This is a very comprehensive report that shows how complex bovine TB is and identifies the many elements that need to be addressed for a successful eradication policy" said NIVA President Bert Allison.

“We are very pleased that the Committee has taken on board many of the comments that we made in our written and oral submissions and that the final report has recognised the important role of private veterinary practitioners.

“Good partnership working between vets and their farming clients will be essential to the success of any future policy.

“We are also pleased to see that there is a clear political consensus across the Department and the Assembly regarding the need to deal effectively with the disease in wildlife.”

BVA President Peter Jones added: "The Committee has clearly recognised the value of the veterinary profession – both in research and on the ground – in bovine TB eradication."

"The recommendation that DARD commits to an eradication policy, rather than a control policy, makes a lot of sense and helps all stakeholders to look towards the future."

Download



Comments


No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

To post comment without approval login or register

Display name

Please enter your name

Email (optional)
Comment

Please enter your comment

Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.

Some error on your process.Please try one more time.



Jobs


9 March 2015
Agricultural Trials Coordinator
Do you have an interest in Agriculture/horticulture with an opportunity to work for the UK leading supplier? An exciting oppo...

25 March 2015
LGV Drivers - Farm Milk Collection (Enniskillen)
The Group's activities span the food chain from supplying farm inputs and services, the collection and marketing member's mil...

9 March 2015
Digital Fundraiser - Four Paws International (UK) Animal Charity
FOUR PAWS focuses on animals that are directly under human influence, for example stray dogs and stray cats, laboratory anima...

18 March 2015
Site Representative
To fill a vacancy in our HSE-team, we are looking for a Site Representative for Sheringham Shoal Wind Farm (SSWF)....

24 March 2015
Anaerobic Digestion Site Operative
Agro, a nutrient-rich fertiliser for local farms. Anaerobic Digestion Site Operative....




Top stories you may have missed
23 March 2015 | Cattle

UK butchers face difficulties to recruit...

Butchers in the UK are losing a generation through lack of training opportu...


20 March 2015 | Arable

Dust - the secret fertiliser?

NASA research has revealed how dust blown from the Sahara desert helps supp...


19 March 2015 | Arable

The Budget 2015: A Farmer's Budget?

“In the run up to the Budget 2015 most commentators were predicting that th...


17 March 2015 | News

UK's first floating solar power system l...

The UK’s first fully operational floating solar panel system has been unvei...


13 March 2015 | Animal Health

Labour and Conservatives clash over badg...

Axing the badger cull in England and Wales will save more than £120 million...


12 March 2015 | News

Solar could be cheapest energy source by...

By 2025, solar power could become one of the cheapest forms of energy in ma...


11 March 2015 | Finance

English buyers turn their attention to S...

Demand for Scottish farm land remains strong and continues to be better val...


9 March 2015 | Cattle

2020 vision for the Welsh red meat indus...

The Welsh red meat industry should aim to increase sales by at least 34 per...


6 March 2015 | News

MP raises egg industry concerns on trans...

Fears about the impact that a proposed transatlantic trade agreement could ...


Stay safe and legal when flying drones

The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aircraft Systems - or dron...