Ireland at the cutting edge of animal health

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and An Taoiseach Micheál Martin were introduced to the latest agriculture designs when they visited Dublin’s Technological University (TU)

They met Sean Smith and Tara McElligott, founders of Micron Agritech, from TU who have created new digital technology to tackle common animal health problems and could revolutionise animal health testing.

Its Micron Kit, is a rapid, on-site parasite detection test, which the company has been working on over the past 18 months and plan to bring to market next year. 

EU President von der Leyen described the new detection test as one of the most interesting technologies she had seen at the university on her visit.

The Micron Kit allows farmers or vets to rapidly detect parasitic infections in cattle. It analyses dung samples in less than 10 minutes and provides quick results. 

This saves time and reduces spending on medication. The new tests comes as incoming legislation stipulates that anti-parasitic medicines will require a veterinary prescription in 2022. 

Last month, Micron Agritech offered beef and dairy farmers free dung testing with its Micron Kit instant worm test.

LSL News.