Northern Irish TB herd instances highest since 2019

The incidences of tuberculosis in Northern Irish cattle herds are the highest in three years.

Figures show that current herd incidence now exceeds 9% – the highest level recorded since 2019. The number of reactors removed from herds in the last 12 months was recorded at 14,632, an increase of 1425 in the same period last year.

The Ulster Farmers' Union said that the disease was causing the removal of more than 280 cattle per week from the industry – and urged the Department of Agriculture (DAERA) to progress on the implementation of the Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Eradication Strategy for NI.