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Brucellosis Control Order (Northern Ireland) 2004

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8.—(1) The Department may serve a notice on a herd keeper where –

(a)it suspects that disease may exist or may within 56 days have existed on the holding on which the herd is normally kept;

(b)a reactor has been found in the herd as a result of an official test;

(c)a reactor in another herd had access to the herd;

(d)a reactor in another herd was moved from the herd;

(e)an animal in the herd has been exposed to the possibility of infection with disease by contact with a reactor;

(f)a sample of milk from the herd when tested for the presence of brucella infection by the Department has given such result as to cause the Department to suspect that an animal in the herd is infected with disease;

(g)an animal in the herd has had an abortion and has not been cleared by an official test;

(h)an animal in the herd has given an inconclusive result to an official test; or

(i)animals in the herd have been compulsorily slaughtered under Article 15 as animals which have been exposed to a significant risk of infection with disease.

(2) A notice under paragraph (1) may –

(a)prohibit the movement to or from the holding on which the herd is kept of any animal except under and in accordance with the conditions of a licence issued by the Department;

(b)require the herd keeper to isolate any animal from other animals;

(c)require the herd keeper to isolate in a house or building or otherwise under cover, any in-calf animal in the herd immediately before it calves and to keep such animal and any calf it produces in isolation from other animals until it has given a negative reaction to an official test after calving and he has been informed by the Department in writing that it and the calf can join the herd;

(d)require the herd keeper to detain any animal in his herd on a specified area of the holding on which the herd is kept;

(e)require the herd keeper, when any animal in his herd calves, to notify a Divisional Veterinary Office within 24 hours;

(f)require the herd keeper to treat, store, dispose of or use slurry or manure in accordance with such conditions and in such manner as may be specified in the notice;

(g)require the herd keeper, in the case of a holding on which there is a reactor, to ensure that notices, in a form approved by an inspector, are displayed prominently at all entrances to and exits from the holding drawing attention to the existence of disease;

(h)require the herd keeper, if he acquires a holding after the date of the notice, to inform a Divisional Veterinary Office in writing within 7 days of the date of such acquisition and to give such details in relation to the acquisition as may be specified in the notice;

(i)prohibit the movement of any animal on to a holding to which sub-paragraph (h) applies except under and in accordance with the conditions of a licence issued by the Department;

(j)require the herd keeper, prior to the disposal of his holding or any part thereof by way of sale, grant, lease, exchange, surrender, licence, letting in conacre, or otherwise, to inform the Department in writing of such disposal and the area and location of the holding disposed of and, unless the holding disposed of was held by him as a licensee in conacre or under a lease which has terminated, to inform the Department, within 7 days, of such disposal and the name and address of the person to whom he has disposed of his holding or any part thereof;

(k)prohibit the feeding of milk from affected animals to livestock on the same holding unless such milk is treated in accordance with the terms of the notice.

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