December 4, 2012
NSW Farmers has welcomed a six month extension to the transition period of the revised national Ovine Johnes Disease (OJD) Management Plan announced by WoolProducers Australia and Sheepmeat Council of Australia. NSW Farmers’ President Fiona Simson said the extension to the transition period to 1 July 2013 was a fair call given not all aspects of the plan were decided prior to the implementation stage. Ms Simson said NSW Farmers would continue its role in helping farmers understand the plan through meetings and a range of communications during the extended transition period. “We encourage those producers who aren’t members to join us so they don’t miss out on important information and developments on this priority issue,” she said. WoolProducers Australia (WPA) and Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) announced the extension in light of recent concerns raised by producers about the plan. The extension will enable WPA and SCA to consider a range of issues raised including the lack of recognition for vaccinates and how these might be addressed. Despite the additional delay in full implementation of the revised program, producers can still implement their individual biosecurity plans.