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OPTION 3 ON OJD SAYS PGA

2011-10-07

The Pastoralists and Graziers’ Association (PGA) is supporting an enhanced Option 3 for the National Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) program following a detailed review of the Discussion Paper for the Future National Management of OJD 2012-2017.

 

PGA Livestock Committee Chairman Digby Stretch said that Option 3 was the best result not only for producers but for the WA and national sheep industry.

 

“An enhanced Option 3, which embraces abattoir testing and focuses on research will provide a better understanding of OJD in Western Australia,” Mr Stretch said.

 

“OJD can seriously affect flocks in some areas and this option will provide a proactive approach in the future management of the disease, rather than continuing to enhance the stigma of the disease through an isolation policy.”

 

“The suggestion of a two area model, which establishes protected and management areas through a zonal system based on abattoir testing is just not a practical way to manage OJD,” Mr Stretch said.

 

“What is needed is a system which rewards and recognises what producers do to combat the disease, not one which is based on where a farm is located.”

 

“It is up to individual producers to take a leadership role in managing OJD, rather than allowing Government bureaucrats to enact further regulation to the detriment of growers and the industry.”

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