Groups agree on OJD

24 Jan, 2013 04:00 AM

VICTORIAN producer groups that met last Thursday have arrived at a consensus position on how they believe future OJD management should be progressed.

Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) livestock committee president Ian Feldtmann said the meeting was an opportunity for all those who attended to state their position on where they saw the future of the OJD management program going.

It was attended by representatives from the Victorian Stud Merino Breeders’ Association; the north-west Victorian producers looking to establish a biosecurity area; saleyard association for Victoria and Ouyen, and leader of the industry-formed group Frank Tobin.

“There was consensus that the present program has worked well in the past, that vaccination is an important tool that can be used to manage OJD and that it should be a part of a future program as far as recognition for trading goes,” Mr Feldtmann said.

“That’s the stance the VFF livestock group has had on the issue. It was a meeting where for the first time there were different representative producer bodies from Victoria that sat down and discussed it.”

Mr Feldtmann said the meeting was not exclusive and he was willing to discuss it with anyone who wanted a summary.

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piece maker
24/01/2013 8:57:56 AM

How in heaven's name could the consensus out of the VFF meeting to discuss OJD be that the present program had worked well? Is it any wonder that the disease is now endemic throughout Victoria and on the increase? We don't need leadership that is so out of touch with reality interfering in our lives implementing more useless red tape and expense.
concerned producer
24/01/2013 11:07:22 AM

Piece maker, the science and epidemology of the disease has always told us that OJD will spread, we have known this for over 10 years. It is about limiting producers risk and putting their own biosecurity practices in place. Like with human health we can reduce our likelyhood of contracting diseases by first limiting exposure (on Farm biosecurity) and then using vaccination. Its our choice to make an educated decision.
24/01/2013 11:12:35 AM

Endemic means isolated to a particular population or region – Piece Maker, do you mean OJD now occurs throughout Victoria? The proposed program which has now been delayed proposes rules and lines on maps. The present program is risk based trading with vaccine to minimise that risk. Producers manage their own situation. Department’s have slashed staff over the last 10 years and don’t have the staff to do anything anyway.
piece maker
24/01/2013 2:52:28 PM

Concerned Producer is right on the money. Cronus, if you mean what you say “Producers manage their own situation “without lines on maps then it is unnecessary to have a national plan. Victorian producers and taxpayers have wasted millions attempting OJD eradication and producers are currently still paying a levy on sales which has effectively achieved nothing other than to get interstate trading restrictions placed on their producers.


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