Local Leaders | NSW Nationals: Focus on sheep health

At the last meeting of the Goulburn State Electorate Council of the National Party of Australia, two motions were passed of relevance to local farmers. 

The first motion concerned the ongoing issue of Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD), for which an effective vaccine has been developed.

The motion called for an investigation into the actions of Wool Producers Australia, Sheep Producers Australia and Animal Health Australia, in regard to their actions in raising again the divisive issue of OJD management.

The motion called for better education of farmers and the broader community into the effective control of OJD through vaccination; an investigation into the cost of animal health products, especially the OJD vaccine; Local Land Services to educate farmers about using the OJD vaccine and to assist farmers with OJD vaccination of their sheep; and for the National Sheep Health Declaration to be amended to include an item: “Vaccination for OJD Yes/ No”.

It also noted that, in her media release of June 26, 2013, the previous NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced that the National Sheep Health Declaration would not be mandatory for movements of re-stocker sheep in NSW.

The second motion called for a review of the channels of communication between the various Local Land Service (LLS) regions and landowners; and for consistency of service provision to landowners between different LLS regions, especially with regard to disease and vermin control.

James Harker-Mortlock

James Harker-Mortlock