Consultation on the Interim Report of the TB Strategic Partnership Group

Closed 4 Sep 2015

Opened 30 Jun 2015


The TB Strategic Partnership Group (TBSPG) is an independent high level advisory group which has been tasked by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development with developing a strategy and implementation action plan to effect a progressive and sustained reduction of TB in the cattle population here, with a view to eventual eradication.  The Group is chaired by Mr Sean Hogan and is made up of five independent industry and stakeholder representatives plus two DARD ex-officio members.
Photograph of the TB Strategic Partnership Group
Minister O'Neill has stated that the strategy and implementation action plan produced by the TBSPG should be all embracing and address all relevant issues. It should also re-energise relationships with all industry stakeholders.
This Interim Report represents the result of the TBSPG’s initial consultation in late 2014 - early 2015 and subsequent evidence gathering. It is informed by meetings with industry stakeholders, representative organisations and veterinary and scientific experts.
The consultation will close at 5pm on Friday 4 September 2015.


Why We Are Consulting

The TBSPG would value your views on the most efficient and pragmatic actions required to achieve the greatest reduction in the level and cost of bovine TB in the shortest possible time. This will then allow the TBSPG to identify and prioritise the actions necessary to move towards lower levels of infection and on to complete eradication. The TBSPG requests that you please read this report in full and not just those chapters of primary interest to you.
Minister O’Neill has also encouraged all stakeholders and interested persons to give the Interim Report the full consideration it deserves; and to respond to all the questions posed therein.
Responding to the Consultation
You do not have to comment against every thematic area, but the TBSPG would appreciate as full a response as possible. Responses should be submitted in writing, by post or email, to:
TB Strategic Partnership Group
c/o Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Room 650
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
A printed copy of the Interim Report can be requested via telephone on 028 9052 5509, or via the contact details above.

What Happens Next

The TB Strategic Partnership Group intends to continue their engagement with key stakeholders.  They are due to produce their final report for Minister O’ Neill's attention by the end of the year.


  • Private individuals or organisations with an interest in Bovine TB


  • Farming
  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Wildlife
  • Veterinary
  • Scientific