SOUTH Australian Sheep Advisory Group chair Jane Kellock says the industry will meet this month to determine its response to changes to the Ovine Johnes Disease (OJD) management plan.
Her personal view was that she did not believe SA would change its position, but that was to be determined at the meeting.
SA had previously submitted an application to the national management committee for the whole State to be recognised with the same trading conditions, including Kangaroo Island, as part of a regional biosecurity plan.
SASAG is planning an open meeting for producers to learn more about the OJD issue and understand more about the group's work.
As reported on stockjournal.com.au last week, a revised plan for OJD management places onus back on individual growers and states to deliver a regional approach to control, encourages vaccination and abattoir monitoring and abandons control and protected areas and the ABC points scheme.
The new measures were outlined in a discussion paper released last Tuesday by WoolProducers Australia and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, which is now open for industry comment.
The groups said the aim of the revised plan – from July 1, 2013 to 2017 – is to minimise the spread of OJD to properties and regions that are disease-free at present and reduce financial and animal health and welfare impacts on individual flocks and the whole industry.