Appointment of TB eradication group a step in right direction but farmers frustrated by delays, says UFU

Monday, 21 May, 2018

The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the appointment of the Bovine TB Eradication Partnership (TBEP) group is a step in the right direction towards disease eradication but farmers are incredibly frustrated by the long delays and lack of meaningful action to tackle the disease in wildlife.
UFU president Ivor Ferguson says, “The appointment of this group is welcome news and demonstrates that some action can be taken in the current political vacuum. However, farmers have repeatedly expressed their anger and frustration to us at the perceived lack of action being taken to tackle this awful disease.
“We have requested an early meeting with the group to ensure they fully grasp farmers’ position and to see what additional disease control measures can be implemented without a negative impact on farm businesses.
“At this point, farmers just want to see meaningful action to eradicate this awful disease. The appointments to TBEP is a small step forward but there is a still a long way to go.”