BHC Newsletter Spring FINAL

BEEF HEALTHCHECK PROGRAMME UPDATE Data collection and the issuing Beef HealthCheck reports soon to resume

Dr Natascha Meunier, Beef HealthCheck Programme Manager

T he Beef HealthCheck programme relies on the services of temporary veterinary inspectors (TVIs) to collect data on liver and lung conditions during the carcass inspection. Unfortunately, data collection for the programme was significantly reduced in the second half of 2018, as a result of industrial action by TVIs. As a result, many farmers did not receive regular reports on the liver and lung scores of their cattle. Early this year, an agreement to resolve this dispute was reached between the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Veterinary Ireland. The majority of factories have now resumed data collection and the programme should soon be back on track in terms of issuing reports and gathering data to allow continued analysis of trends, including liver fluke levels. The Beef HealthCheck Online dashboard is still available to farmers and their veterinary practitioner through the ICBF website. Beef HealthCheck Online provides tools to review current information and data from both current and previous years. This allows parasite and pneumonia control programmes to be monitored and tailored as needed.



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