New Animal Health Advisory Service Launched For Irish Farmers

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, has launched the new Animal Health Advisory service, which offers targeted support for farmers dealing with animal health issues on Irish farms.

Launching the service, Minister Coveney said: "The availability of the new targeted advisory service will assist farmers who are experiencing difficulty in dealing with a number of diseases that give rise to less than optimum returns from their farms.

"The diseases covered by the new arrangement at this stage include Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD), Johne's Disease (JD) and SCC(mastitis) which are currently being addressed by industry-led initiatives, with support of Government and which are coordinated by Animal Health Ireland.

"It is expected that up to 2,500 farmers may avail of the on-farm advisory sessions in the first year 2016, and the focus of the first year of the service will be on BVD and Johne's Disease," Minister Coveney added.


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