Snag a statement to protect your flock

With ram sale season in full swing, buyers are being urged to protect their flocks from unwanted diseases by asking for a Sheep Health Statement.

The SHS has been designed for use across Australia to help sheep producers in taking a risk-management approach to their farm biosecurity.

It provides information on flock history, Ovine Johne’s Disease vaccination and . . . → Read More: Snag a statement to protect your flock

OJD on the rise in Tasmania

Picture: Peter Shanks.Spring is the time of year when many rural properties and paddocks in Tasmania are filled with the sight of newborn and frolicking lambs bleating for their mothers among expanding flocks, but in the aftermath of two wet winters Bruce Jackson, senior vet at the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, recently issued a warning to the state’s farmers and vets confirming the incidence of Ovine Johnes Disease is on the rise.

From Tasmania’s first diagnosed case in 2001, OJD has continued to spread across the state, but reports have suggested there has been a significantly greater prevalence of the disease during the past five years. It is estimated approximately seven per cent of flocks are now affected, although the actual figure could be as high as 35 per cent according to Jackson, who said an important factor in disease control is open and honest communication between neighbouring producers, as well as a proactive vaccination program. Continue reading OJD on the rise in Tasmania