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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2012
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2012 21 the preceding 5 years have been from flocks of equal or higher assurance. 2. Terminal lambs -- defined as lambs that must be sold for slaughter before they cut their first permanent teeth and are identified by an NLIS (sheep) 'T' tag. NOTE Lambs not designated as T lambs entering a Protected Area from a Control Area in NSW must comply with all of the following conditions: the property of destination has a Property • Disease Management Plan (including a risk assessment) in place and with prior agreement from the CVO or their delegate the sheep are vendor bred • the sheep are to be sold for slaughter • only, before they cut their first permanent teeth, and the CVO's delegate is notified at the time • of sale and provided with documentation to support the sale and slaughter. Moving sheep from a Protected Area into a Control Area There are no specific trading requirements for moving sheep from a Protected Area into a Control Areas Producers in Control Areas should be aware that trading or moving sheep, even from Protected Areas may carry some animal health risks and they should aim to purchase sheep with levels of assurance appropriate for their business. Producers with Infected or Suspect flocks should introduce vaccinated and preferably tested negative sheep; and producers who have a tested negative flock should aim to purchase from SheepMAP flocks and vaccinate the sheep if they live in an area where OJD is common. NOTE Vaccination alone does not give a high level of assurance as vaccinated sheep from infected flocks can still shed OJD bacteria. More information In the frst instance, it is recommended that you contact your state department OJD Coordinator. For more information on Ovine Johne’s Disease and the national management plan. www.ojd.com.au Regional Biosecurity Plans may be sent to Manager Endemic Diseases firstname.lastname@example.org STEPS iN DEVELoPiNG A REGioNAL BioSECuRiTy PLAN 1 Confirm that there is sufficient interest within your group or region to develop an active disease control and management plan. 2 Determine that your area has a low prevalence of OJD (your local department of primary industries is able to provide this information) and that you would like to apply for Protected Area status. 3 Obtain a copy of the Regional Biosecurity Plan Guidelines, make sure you are able to address all the points identified and that you are able to commit to actively preventing and controlling the ongoing risk of infection in the long-term. 4 Form a group or join an existing group of like minded producers, work through the requirements of the RBP and develop a business plan. 5 Submit your RBP to the secretariat of the national OJD program at Animal Health Australia for preliminary registration and processing. 6 If the RBP is not accepted but the area continues to meets the low prevalence requirement your group may re-apply at any time.s Your group should approach an approved SheepMAP veterinarian, consultant, animal health/farm advisor or LHPA officer in NSW for assistance in formulating a Regional Biosecurity Plan.