NORTHERN Ireland is currently free from warble fly infestation. However it is important that stockowners remain vigilant and check their cattle regularly.
During the period 1 February to 31 August 2013, any sign of warbles must be reported immediately to the local Divisional Veterinary Officer and, if confirmed, treatment of infected animals will be undertaken by the Department at a charge of 75p per animal.
All imported cattle, except those imported from Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland must be treated with an approved warble fly treatment within 24 hours of arrival in Northern Ireland. The importer must confirm to the department in writing that such treatment has been carried out.
If the presence of warbles is confirmed by the department, and the condition had not been previously reported, the herdowner will be required to have the animal treated by a veterinary surgeon at his or her own expense, and may also be liable to prosecution.