Vigilance is key to keeping Bluetongue out

Pictured L-R is Richard Potts (British Agricultural Bureau), Rebecca Veale (NFU), Harper Doupe (UFU Animal Health and Welfare Chairman), Gwyn Jones (Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Animal Health and Welfare Chairman)

Pictured L-R is Richard Potts (British Agricultural Bureau), Rebecca Veale (NFU), Harper Doupe (UFU Animal Health and Welfare Chairman), Gwyn Jones (Copa-Cogeca Working Party on Animal Health and Welfare Chairman)

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The Ulster Farmers’ Union has taken part in meetings in Brussels on animal health issues.

It was organised by the umbrella farm lobby group Copa-Cogeca.

UFU animal health and welfare chairman, Harper Doupe, said Bluetongue issues were discussed.

“We are fortunate to have held onto our disease free status for the past number of years. This is down to the hard work and vigilance of our farmers.

“This disease is still a problem elsewhere, making it vital we continue our cautious approach to imports to limit risk,” he said.

Other issues on the agenda included lumpy skin disease, African Swine Fever, the review of EU animal health regulations, legislation on veterinary products, antimicrobial resistance and animal transport rules.