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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Covid Level 5: Farmers can delay TB tests

IFA animal health chairman, Pat Farrell, has welcomed the Department of Agriculture’s “understanding of farmers’ concerns” in the new TB testing protocols in level 5.

He said the farm group “discussed in detail” with senior department officials the need for flexibilities in TB testing requirements as government controls intensified.

Flexibility to delay tests

“The Department’s response is balanced and reasonable. It provides farmers who have COVID-19 concerns the flexibility to delay tests, while at the same time allowing for a period of trade after the due date of the test,” he said.

TB test exemption for calves under 120 days

Farrell said the removal of the requirement to test calves up to 120 days is “significant”.

He believes it addresses the issue of close contact between farmers and vets at the time of testing.

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Critically, he added, these animals will be eligible for internal trade up to 120 days of age without a TB test.

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