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AHI NEWSLETTER WINTER 2014

PROGRAMME UPDATE Beef HealthCheck

Programme: Beef HealthCheck Assistant Programme Manager: Rebecca Carroll

Beef HealthCheck is a new Animal Health Ireland-led project being developed in collaboration with Meat Industry Ireland. The project will develop standardized protocols and systems for the collection of animal health data by veterinary inspectors in abattoirs. Beef HealthCheck will initially focus on recording liver damage caused by liver fluke but will also include other animal health data such as lung lesions. Data will be recorded on the ICBF database and will be used to develop reports for individual farmers and their veterinary practitioners. These reports will contain best practice advice, based on the recommendations of the the parasite TWG, as well as individualised information on the economic impact of the recorded liver fluke damage. In the longer term, the data will also contribute to the development of breeding indices to increase the resistance of cattle to disease. During this period, David Graham and I visited Slaney Meats in Bunclody, Co. Wexford and ABP in Bandon, Co. Cork to see the data capture systems in place in these plants.

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