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Arrangements for increased TSE testing in sheep

The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan T.D., has today announced temporary arrangements to facilitate Ireland meeting new targets imposed by the European Commission for TSE testing of sheep over 18 months of age this year.

Under the new EU requirements, Ireland is required to test up to 20,000 sheep from knackeries during the second half of the year. The new arrangements will involve the payment to knackeries by the Department for every suitable sample recovered from eligible sheep at knackeries either until the 20,000 target has been met or until the 31st December, whichever is the earlier, thus providing a knackery service for eligible sheep at no cost to farmers until the end of the year. Payment will not be made in respect of sheep that are not properly tagged or for ineligible or unsuitable samples.

The Minister said that it was important that Ireland played its part, like every other Member State, in increasing its level of TSE testing throughout the remainder of 2006.

Minister Coughlan reminded sheep farmers of their legal obligation for disposing of fallen sheep and in particular that it is an offence to bury dead sheep without a licence. Ms Coughlan emphasised that today's announcement was linked directly to the new EU requirements and would terminate no later than the end of the year, coinciding with the end of the period for which the increased testing regime is in place.

The Minister said that her Department had discussions with the Animal Collectors Association and that the arrangements being announced today would apply with effect from 9 October. She said that she expected these measures to contribute significantly to the increased level of testing between now and the end of the year.

4 October, 2006

Date Released: 04 October 2006