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OJD petition launched

Sheep producers are being asked to sign a petition opposing new national trading requirements.

November 14, 2012 4:05am

The VFF has launched a petition re-enforcing its opposition to new national Ovine Johne’s Disease trading rules, which come into effect on New Year’s Day.

‘‘We will be asking producers to sign the petition to voice the need for vaccine as a major part of the program,” VFF Livestock president Ian Feldtmann said.

The petition states: ‘‘We the undersigned oppose new trading requirements, which are part of the National Ovine Johne’s Disease Management Plan 2012-2017.

‘‘We call for:

recognition of vaccination programs as a means of gaining direct trade access between protected and control areas; and

delay in implementation of this program for at least six to 12 months.

“There are key elements of the program that will severely impact on our members and we are going to fight this accordingly.

‘‘While we are not supporting this program as it currently stands, we will do our best to change it and inform sheep producers of its impacts.

‘‘It is our commitment to fight for producers’ rights and not allow unfair barriers to trade.”

To download the petition, go to http://www.vff.org.au/common—php/get—file.php?id=2427

VFF will hold OJD information sessions at:

Serpentine on Wednesday, November 21, from 8.30am to 9.30am, at the Serpentine Public Hall; and

Benalla on Wednesday, November 21, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, at the Benalla DPI.

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