Flash TB is out of control, warns IFA

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    A large outbreak of tuberculosis in Monaghan threatens to spin out of control, the leaders of the farmer in the area has warned.

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A large outbreak of tuberculosis in Monaghan threatens to spin out of control, the leaders of the farmer in the area has warned.

The Department of agriculture has written to the owners of the herds in the area this week and confirmed that the speed of a herd infection, tuberculosis and a number of reactor animals locally a few times on average.

Farmers fear a raft of further herd depopulations will be ordered within the Department of agriculture of the drive to take control.

In addition, hundreds of herds will have restrictions of animal movement imposed in order to limit the spread of the disease.

Frank Brady’s Monaghan IFA says farmers in the area were “living in fear” as a result of the widespread restrictions and the herd depopulations.

“Enhanced hardship Fund should be provided for any farmer, having lost livelihoods,” said Mr Brady. “I am afraid that there will be a lot more depopulations because the virus from spreading out of control is a very lonely place for the owners of the herd to be.

“Agency staff do their best, but they need to address the source and I believe that badgers and deer should be looked at to see what you can do,” he added.

“For the County it was one of the lowest (TB) in the worst two years, there must be a reason and we should take seriously the source of infection – farms are under threat and the reason needs to be solved,” said Mr Brady.

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In connection with the owners of the herd, a copy of which was seen Independent agriculture – Department of agriculture confirmed that 6.13 PC of the herd in Monaghan tested for TB until the end of July 2018, experienced a new shock.

The accident rate is more than double the national average, while reactors per 1,000 tests is 5.12, which is almost three times the national average.

“The increased incidence of tuberculosis in Monaghan is multifactorial and require a number of measures to address the issue,” the letter from the Department stated.

“The Department has prepared an individual programme for Monaghan after consultation with staff in the local office and stakeholders in the region. It is a coordinated, rigorous plan to get on top of the TB problem in Monaghan,” the Department maintained.


“This targeted programme will focus on areas such as epidemiology, and related programs, testing gamma-interferon, cleaning and disinfection, check for compliance, and frequency, and isolation of reactors,” the letter explained.

Farmers are advised to fence-from the sets of badger, only use the raised troughs for feeding cattle and badger-proof commercial buildings, covering the bottom part to open the gates and hangars.

“Measures should be taken to get to the root of the spread of infection and identified all reactors should be removed as quickly as possible to limit further spread,” said the Chairman of ICMSA beef de Morrison.

At x Hugh Farrell described the TB situation in Monaghan as a real problem, and he argued that case in the district could “make things worse before they get better.”

“We will insist on improved payment difficulties, especially suckling farmers and manufacturers the store that have a monthly milk cheque and who may not unloading the finished breeding (under the restriction of the herd). Suckling peasants live in fear of early tuberculosis, especially in a year when feed was so scarce,” Mr. Farrell said.

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