ICSA calls for immediate abolition of pre-movement brucellosis testing

Control ‘an unnecessary cost on farmers’

Sligo News File Online

Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.
Patrick Kent, President, Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers Association.

ICSA president Patrick Kent has called for an immediate announcement on the abolition of pre-movement brucellosis testing in light of the declaration of Northern Ireland as officially brucellosis free. 

“The 60 day pre-movement test is now an unnecessary cost on farmers,” he said.

“Worse, it restricts competition due to farmers being reluctant to bring heifers or cows to a mart.  Instead they go direct to a factory to avoid the hassle and cost but this lack of choice puts them in a weaker position when negotiating with factories.”

Stating that the ICSA had received a commitment from the Department that pre-movement testing would be abolished as soon as the Northern Ireland position was clarified, he added “it’s now urgent that this is implemented without delay.”