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McEntee opens the Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland Annual Conference

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Shane McEntee TD made the keynote address at the opening of the Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland (CAVI) Conference at the Mullingar Park Hotel.

The Minister said that he was delighted to have the opportunity to address the annual conference, particularly at such an important time for agriculture nationally and internationally and he went on to praise Veterinary Ireland for their role in the continued improvements in the animal health status of the country.

Referring to the commencement in 2013 of the compulsory phase of the Bovine Viral Diarrohea (BVD) programme, the Minister thanked Veterinary Ireland for its input to date into the programme, saying "your role in this is vital to the success of the programme and as a key player I want to emphasise how much your role is valued by the government. The BVD programme is in its infancy, enormous efforts have been made by all stakeholders to make it a success and the government not only strongly endorses the programme but provides substantial funding towards it in extremely difficult times.  As we move to the mandatory phase of BVD we need all parties working in tandem to achieve BVD eradication".

Minister McEntee went on to speak of the significant improvement in the Bovine TB situation in recent years and said  "I think that it is fair to say that we seem to be getting on top of this most intractable disease. Herd incidence has fallen from 7.5% in 2000 to 4.1% last year and this means that there were over 5,000 fewer herds restricted due to TB last year compared with 10 years ago. The number of reactors has declined from 40,000 to 18,500 during the same period, the  lowest recorded since the commencement of the eradication programme in the 1950s". The Minister expects that the incidence of TB will remain at these low levels again in 2012.

The recent announcement that Ireland had achieved Aujeszky's Disease-free status was a major benefit to the Irish pig sector which the Minister said was due in large part to the "huge commitment and co-operation from pig herd owners, farmers and their representative bodies, and veterinary practitioners".

In conclusion, The Minister said that there are continuous challenges ahead in the animal health and welfare area but with the right approach by all the key stakeholders he was confident we can all look forward to a vibrant future for our agri-food sector in the period ahead.

Date Released: 12 October 2012