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Launch of the All Island Animal Disease Surveillance Report for 2010

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine,  has welcomed the report of the All Island Animal Disease surveillance report for 2010 which he launched jointly with the Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Michelle O’Neill at the National Ploughing Championships today.

Complimenting those involved in the collaborative venture between the national diagnostic laboratories in both jurisdictions, the Regional Veterinary Laboratories and Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Northern Ireland, the Minister said that the publication is a must for anyone with an interest in farming and animal husbandry.

"The report is a very useful reference point for all involved in or with an interest in animal husbandry and the usefulness of joint reporting is very much evident in the final product. This is first such joint report and I look forward to continued ongoing collaboration between our two official laboratories North and South, to the ultimate benefit of the agri-sectors on the island and of our respective stakeholders".

The Minister noted that all-island animal disease surveillance is a key deliverable of the All-Island Animal Health and Welfare Strategy and said that the joint report for 2010 is the first step in attaining that goal. "There is ongoing co-operation between both laboratories - the joint investigation by veterinarians from DAFF and AFBI into a botulism outbreak in a poultry flock in 2010 is but one example.  Also the report highlights the respective strengths of both organisations and the potential that may exist for surveillance that could be carried out by either to the benefit of the whole island".


Note for Editors:

The report which runs to some 60 pages, details (in some cases – complemented by photographic evidence) the diseases and conditions diagnosed by both laboratories during the course of 2010.    Both centres accept carcases of dead animals and samples from live animals, and offer a wide range of diagnostic test methods. The results of the tests and post-mortem examinations performed at these regional centres are reported to the farmer through his/her veterinary practitioner, who is in a position to complement these findings with appropriate advice. Laboratory-based veterinary staff may also undertake follow-up field investigations in certain cases as outlined in page 56 of the report. Both centres enter all of the results from these investigations into their respective computerised databases, from which data can be extracted to provide detail on various aspects of food animal morbidity and mortality.


All-island Animal Disease Surveillance Report (pdf 9,479Kb) 

Date Released: 21 September 2011