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South Australia’s Position Statement on the National OJD

Posted by Bestprac on Feb 28 2013

South Australia Sheep Advisory Group

Participation to the industry meeting of the 18 February 2013 was by invitation.

Attendees included:

  • the SA Sheep Advisory Group (which includes representatives from Merino SA, British breeds, SAFF, WPA, SCA and commercial sheep producers);
  • SA OJD Committee (has industry representatives from across the state);
  • Merino SA (x 2)
  • British breed organizations (x 2)
  • MAP review participant
  • PIRSA technical staff
  • A representative from ALPA.

Apologies were received from the AVA Rural Practitioners group.

After due consideration of the proposed national OJD discussion paper, it was agreed that:

  1. South Australia supports the need for a national plan to control OJD.
  2. the South Australian sheep industry supports the continuation of a regulatory control program for OJD in the State.
  3. there’s a need for a nationally supported Sheep Health Statement.
  4. the format of the draft national Sheep Health Statement (dated January 2013) was supported with minor adjustments to address the change in terminology to recognize Regional Biosecurity Plans as approved by the OJD Technical Evaluation Panel.
  5. the entry for adult and breeding sheep into South Australia would be in accordance with the requirements set out for the national OJD program that was to be introduced January 2013 – see note 7 of the draft national Sheep Health Statement (dated January 2013) pending clarification of terminology to recognize Regional Biosecurity Plans.
  6. the South Australian industry supports the continuation of abattoir monitoring to monitor the flock prevalence of OJD across Australia to support Regional Biosecurity Plans (areas) and facilitate trade in low risk animals.

The intent of these recommendations for South Australia was:

  1. recognizing that the Gudair vaccine is a management tool but not a market access tool. Producers though are still encouraged to use vaccine as part of their on-farm disease control.
  2. the purpose is to allow the entry of low risk adult and breeding sheep as demonstrated by recognized testing techniques and other criteria.
  3. to not affect entry requirements for terminal trade lambs.

These recommendations address the two objective for the national program. Namely:

  1. minimize the risk of infection of OJD spreading to properties and region that currently appear disease free.
  2. reduce the financial impact and adverse animal health and welfare effects of the disease on individual flocks and on the sheep industry as a whole.

It has been highlighted in the paper that a regional approach to Biosecurity is more effective than an individual property plan in low disease prevalence areas.

Further enquiries: Peter Altschwager (Chair, SA OJD Committee) 8734 4235 / 0405 288 544, Jane Kellock (Chair, SA Sheep Advisory Group) 0428 438 015

Last changed: Mar 01 2013

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