Department gives leeway on TB testing for calves

There has been widespread welcome for the decision by the Department of Agriculture to extend the COVID-19 TB testing Protocol to June 1st.

The extension will allow calves up to 120 days be sold from farms without requiring a TB test for internal sales.

This will allow farmers to plan ahead for the duration of calf sales with clarity on the movement requirements.

Allowing the sale of calves up to 120 days without the need for a TB test on the home market has gone down very well with both sellers and buyers of calves with some calling for it to become a permanent fixture.


The IFA Farm Forestry Chairman Vincent Nally has welcomed the report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine on ‘Issues Impacting the Forestry Sector in Ireland’.

Mr Nally has commended the Committee for bringing a renewed focus to the problem caused  by the disease Ash Dieback and the forest owners whose woodlands are being devastated by the disease.

The farming official has called on the Minister to act on the recommendation in the report and immediately introduce a new and properly-funded ash dieback scheme.