biosecurity

Boot cleaning reduces disease levels on livestock farms

Boot cleaning reduces disease levels on livestock farms

Irish veterinary consultant Dr. Tommy Heffernan has highlighted the need for everyone entering a livestock farm, to wash and dip...

March 30, 2021

One third of dairy farmers not implementing biosecurity measures

One third of dairy farmers not implementing biosecurity measures

A 2020 survey carried out in the UK has confirmed that one in three dairy farmers do not fully implement...

March 29, 2021

Westmeath piggery invasion: A farmer’s side of the story

Westmeath piggery invasion: A farmer’s side of the story

On Saturday, June 29, a group of over 50 vegan protesters broke entry and trespassed on a pig farm in...

July 1, 2019

Biosecurity: Big issues facing post-Brexit disease control

Biosecurity: Big issues facing post-Brexit disease control

Brexit could be an opportunity to bolster the UK’s biosecurity efforts – but much could be at stake if the...

May 8, 2018

Exercise Blackthorn: National exercise to test Foot and Mouth readiness

Exercise Blackthorn: National exercise to test Foot and Mouth readiness

A major government exercise will see the UK’s four regional agricultural departments in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England come...

February 12, 2018

What the ‘TB Tax’ could cost your business

What the ‘TB Tax’ could cost your business

Proposals to charge farmers for bovine TB tests will cost the average business a further £257 a year, with bigger...

December 12, 2017

‘TB proposals cause serious concern – but difficult decisions must be made’

‘TB proposals cause serious concern – but difficult decisions must be made’

TB action is long over-due; but some of the measures proposed by the department are “seriously concerning”, the UFU’s deputy...

December 1, 2017

Farmers could pay for TB tests under range of radical proposals

Farmers could pay for TB tests under range of radical proposals

Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) today launched a public consultation on a range of proposals...

November 30, 2017

Northern Ireland TB rates surpass 12-year high

Northern Ireland TB rates surpass 12-year high

TB rates are continuing to spiral in Northern Ireland as the disease surpasses its worst rate in 12 years, according...

November 30, 2017

How realistic are you when it comes to biosecurity?

How realistic are you when it comes to biosecurity?

Farmers frequently convince themselves that their biosecurity is much better than in reality, Northern Ireland’s most senior vet has said....

November 22, 2017

Northern Ireland TB compensation costs double in just four years

Northern Ireland TB compensation costs double in just four years

TB compensation is expected to cost Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture around £24 million (€27.17 million) this year – close...

November 12, 2017

TB update: Chief vet says ‘better surveillance’ pushing up TB incidence rates

TB update: Chief vet says ‘better surveillance’ pushing up TB incidence rates

TB rates in the North have hit their worst in more than a decade, according to the latest DAERA figures,...

October 31, 2017

French-imported cattle test positive for bluetongue in Britain

French-imported cattle test positive for bluetongue in Britain

Farmers have been urged to be vigilant after cases of bluetongue have been detected in Britain. Several cattle imported from...

October 25, 2017

TB levels in the North peak at highest rate in over a decade

TB levels in the North peak at highest rate in over a decade

Tuberculosis (TB) rates have hit their worst level in Northern Ireland in more than a decade, the latest figures reveal....

October 20, 2017

‘High levels of biosecurity key to preventing bird flu outbreaks’

‘High levels of biosecurity key to preventing bird flu outbreaks’

The strict enforcement of high levels of biosecurity measures is key to preventing bird flu outbreaks on poultry farms, according to...

December 21, 2016

Know what animal is most likely to visit your farm unannounced? And it’s not a badger

Know what animal is most likely to visit your farm unannounced? And it’s not a badger

A new study of badger behaviour on Northern Ireland farms found that badgers are more likely to visit farmyards in...

February 27, 2015