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Northern Irish cattle and sheep subject to bluetongue testing

Cattle and sheep from Northern Ireland entering into Ireland will now be subject to a post-importation test for bluetongue. This follows a positive case in a single imported animal on a farm in Northern Ireland. Cattle imported from places other than Northern Ireland have to undergo such testing. Mary Coughlan, the Irish minister for agriculture, said that she would apply additional controls if necessary to reduce the risk of bluetongue in Ireland. She has urged farmers to be vigilant about cattle imported from bluetongue-affected areas.


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