Remain vigilant for warble fly

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DARD is warning farmers to remain vigilant for warble fly.

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 2016, 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 DARD at a charge of 75p per animal.

All imported cattle, except those imported from Britain or southern Ireland must be treated with an approved warble fly treatment within 24 hours of arrival here. The importer must confirm to DARD in writing that such treatment has been carried out.

If the presence of warbles is confirmed by DARD, 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.