Disease trends continue to deteriorate as costs increase.
2,813 herds are currently restricted.
From the end of September 2019 to the end of September 2020
4,492 herds have been restricted.
In the same period the number of reactors identified through a combination of Skin Testing and Gamma Interferon Testing (GIF) was 21, 289.
At end-September 2020 National Herd Incidence was 4.25%.
There are higher levels of bTB in the north-east of Ireland (Monaghan, Cavan, Louth and North Meath) as well as parts of Clare, Cork, Galway and Wicklow.
A targeted High Impact bTb Control Plan has been in place in Monaghan and parts of Cavan , Meath, Louth, Westmeath, Offaly, Cork and Clare.
While bTB disease is low relative to historical levels, TB herd incidence and reactor numbers have been gradually increasing since 2016. The pace of deterioration has accelerated in 2020. Herd incidence is now at its highest level since 2012 and reactor numbers are now at 2009 rates.