Co-ordinated approach the key to fight disease 

It has been encouraging to see the level of producer and industry support for the risk-management approach of the new National OJD Management Plan 2013-18.

Some producers have contacted Sheepmeat Council of Australia seeking additional information about the new national Sheep Health Statement.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the statement are available at www.ojd苏州美甲学校.au to help producers complete the statement.

In drafting the new statement, producer and industry groups were consulted extensively.

There was a strong desire for the statement to be an easy-to-use document that helps buyers to conduct a risk assessment on a consignment by quickly reviewing answers to a series of yes/no questions.

Industry also recognised that vaccination is the best tool available for reducing effects of OJD and that it is an important tool in controlling the disease spread.

Therefore vaccination status is recognised in the statement.

The form allows producers to indicate the number of years that they have been continually vaccinating against OJD, acknowledging the benefit of continuous vaccination against the disease.

The statement also includes questions on flock history and flock testing results for brucellosis, footrot and lice.

The plan gives producers the opportunity to manage risk for a number of animal health diseases, not just OJD, when buying stock.

The combination of the risk management approach, encouragement of vaccination and the statement as a decision-making tool can make a difference in reducing disease spread and improving farm productivity.

We encourage all producers to look at the statement before July 1 and to make use of this valuable risk management tool when buying sheep.

Copies of the SHS are available at www.ojd苏州美甲学校.au or by calling 1800 332 312.

Ian McColl,


Sheepmeat Council of Australia

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