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Industry Welcome Feedback on OJD

Posted by Bestprac on Feb 28 2013

Woolproducers Australia and the Sheepmeet Council of Australia

Submissions commenting on the discussion paper about the National OJD Management Plan are helping to narrow the issues yet to be finalised.

Producer representative bodies WoolProducers Australia (WPA) and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) are hoping further submissions will be received before the closing date of March 1.

Sheepmeat Council President, Ian McColl, said a number of submissions have already been received and people are supportive of the discussion process, and the chance to comment.

“One of the challenges we face is that there was an over reliance on the ABC Scheme to help facilitate trade, and for this reason it will not form part of any future OJD Management Plan,” Mr McColl said.

“SCA and WPA are particularly interested in industry’s views on the removal of the ABC Point Scheme, and what information should now be included in the Sheep Health Statement (SHS)”.

The National OJD Management Plan will take effect from 1 July 2013. The discussion paper sets out potential amendments to assist further consultation with industry, state regulatory authorities and state governments.

The proposed amendments include:

  • A simpler management system that relies on individual producers to undertake a risk management approach.
  • Encouragement for producers to collectively develop their own Regional Biosecurity Plans
  • No control or protected areas.
  • Continuation of Sheep Health Statements but the removal of the ABC point scheme.
  • Some State Farming Organisations are holding meetings this week to discuss their feedback to the National Plan.

WoolProducers President Geoff Power said that all producers were being encouraged to read the discussion paper.
“If you are unable to provide feedback through your state organisation, you can post or email your response,” he said.

“Industry will be taking on board all comments from this consultation period, as it finalises the plan for implementation on July 1.”
The discussion paper is available on the WPA website as well as here. Copies of this discussion paper can also be requested by calling 1800 332 312.

Comments should be submitted by mail to PO Box 942 Broadway NSW 2007 or by email to OJDsubmissions@coxinall.com.au
All comments should be received by 1 March 2013.

Last changed: Mar 01 2013

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