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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2012
20 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2012 In the past 12 months, Sheepmeat Council (SCA) has been working closely with Animal Health Australia and WoolProducers Australia to review the national Ovine Johne’s Disease Management Plan 2007-2012. An independent review, including an economic impact and a social research study on farmers and agents, informed this review, and SCA has consulted via public consultation process and with state farming organisations to obtain producer views. In January 2012, industry announced that a revised management plan would be in place for the management and control of Ovine Johne's Disease in Australia from 2012-2017. A transition phase from 1 July 2012 will allow producers time to work together and with their private or government veterinarians to ensure they are prepared for full implementation on 1 January 2013. The National Sheep Health Statement will continue to be a major tool in informing producers of the risk of spreading Ovine Johne's Disease and SCA will continue its engagement in the revision of this document to make this a practicable document for producers. Under the National Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) Management Plan, a Protected Area will be an area where OJD is not known to occur or is rare and actively controlled, and a Regional Biosecurity Plan is in place to prevent, detect and control the disease. Areas that do not satisfy the criteria for a Protected Area will become Control Areas on 1 January 2013. Gaining Protected Area status To gain Protected Area status, an area must first be able to demonstrate that the prevalence of OJD is low (i.e. that the estimated proportion of infected flocks in the area is approximately 1% or less). Your state department of primary industries is able to provide this information. The second requirement is to develop and institute a Regional Biosecurity Plan (RBP); this is compulsory for gaining Protected Area status. It is anticipated that regions where the disease level is low and the disease control measures have been in place, such as Queensland, parts of both South Australia and New South Wales will seek to attain Protected Area status. Areas that do not satisfy the criteria for a Protected Area will become Control Areas on 1 January 2013. Regional Biosecurity Plans A Regional Biosecurity Plan (RBP) puts in place a number of ongoing processes and procedures to minimise the risk of disease entering a region. It documents the agreed actions by you and other farmers in your region to obtain and maintain Protected Area status, including measures like conditions on sheep movements into the area, vaccination policy and response to disease detection. An RBP is developed and managed by like- minded producers committed to protecting their flocks from OJD. An RBP has no defined minimum number of producers, land size or number of sheep. The size of a group will largely depend on having enough sheep to be able to demonstrate a low prevalence of disease. This can be done either through a statistical analysis utilising historical data or by recent testing of the flocks which will be part of the RBP. The plan's compliance must be independently audited annually (e.g. by a MAP auditor or state department officer). The producer group will also need to ensure that the group has a long-term capability to meet the requirements of the RBP. For small group sizes, it is recommended that the group assess whether the cost of maintaining the RBP and auditing process remains less than the cost of each individual becoming a member of the SheepMAP. Protected Area status – the advantages By having a robust biosecurity plan in place you will help protect your flock from OJD and other endemic diseases such as lice, footrot or sheep measles, all of which can cause you losses in production, management and profit By establishing or joining a Protected Area you may also: obtain a marketing advantage from having • healthy, high assurance sheep available for purchase (see trading rules below) have the ability to trade with other • Protected Areas. From 1 January 2013 sheep from one Protected Area will be able to move freely to other Protected Areas. Trading sheep into a Protected Area Home-bred Protected Area sheep, other than those from Infected or Suspect flocks, can be traded within and between Protected Areas without restriction. All sheep movements into a Protected Area will need to be accompanied by a National Vendor Declaration (NVD) and a Sheep Health Statement (SHS). Sheep that meet any of the following requirements will be eligible to enter into a Protected Area: 1. Adult sheep and lambs from: SheepMAP flocks having Sample (or • required level) Tested in the last two years non-SheepMAP flocks subject to • negative PFC350 or Abattoir500 test within the last two years, accompanied by a declaration that either the flock is a closed flock, or that all introductions in