The level of bovine TB has been rising since 2016. At the end of 2021 herd incidence was 4.33%, and at the end of Q2 2022 herd incidence has fallen slightly to 4.25%. Over the last 6 months herd incidence has been holding between 4.2% and 4.4%.
The herd incidence figure includes 342 breakdowns due to inconclusive animals failing the gamma interferon test.
The overall steady increase in herd incidence since 2016 highlights the need for urgent action by all stakeholders.
The total number of reactors removed in the 12 months to the end of Q2 2022 was 20,196. This is lower than the previous 12 months (21,845).
Individual farmers can contribute to TB reduction by learning how to reduce the risk of TB to their herd. There are several informative videos and leaflets on www.bovinetb.ie giving advice on how to reduce the risk of TB.
Expenditure at the end of Q2 2022 is €22.9m. On farm market valuation (OFMV) has increased 8% when compared to Q1 2021. This increase in OFMV is due to strong market values and it is the main contributor to the increase in TB programme expenditure over the last two years.
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