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Technical annual report 2000-01



Technical annual report 2000-01


Dept. of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical annual report; Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical and annual report; Reports; PublicationNT; Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295




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Agriculture -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Fisheries -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries

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Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295



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Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries 72 The widespread adoption of the Willis Dropped Ovary Technique has led to an improvement in welfare for cattle that are spayed. A lay spayer accreditation process has been developed. Policy in relation to the long distance transport of horses was approved and is in use. All reported animal welfare incidents were investigated. Investigations were made on starving, injured and perishing stock. PROJECT: Certification Project Officers: Regional Stock Inspectors and Veterinary Officers Location: NT Wide Objective: Provide property and animal certification for export, interstate and intrastate movements. Facilitate interstate movements from the tick infected and tick protected areas by providing a service to inspect and/or treat cattle and horses for cattle ticks, prevent the spread of cattle tick from the NT cattle tick restricted area to tick-free areas within the NT and interstate. Prevent entry of cattle tick from interstate, particularly acaricide resistant strains, from Queensland Prevent the entry of Johnes disease and tuberculosis from interstate. Governments, in consultation with industry and consumers, prescribe controls to prevent the spread of animal disease. This was a response to cattle disease plagues common in the 18th and 19th centuries. In recent years there has been some industry self-regulation. While market assurance and quality assurance programs have been developed and will continue, there is an industry and consumer expectation that governments have a responsibility to protect the community from health risks and the spread of disease to animals. This applies within the NT (e.g. cattle ticks) and to national and international markets (e.g. bovine tuberculosis and other diseases). A service is provided to NT producers to facilitate trade by certification, inspection and treatment of stock, if required. Control programs (such as cattle tick) may also be implemented. Mobile spray plants and chemicals are provided for spraying horses for movement. There is continual review of stock movement controls and area declarations in consultation with State governments and industry associations. Stock from the tick infected area require clean inspection and treatment to pass into or through the NT tick free area or into the tick free areas of other States. Treatment is by plunge dipping, except for led and tractable horses and show cattle, which may be sprayed instead of dipping Cattle moving to Western Australia also require inspection for burrs. Cattle moving to all States except South Australia require a health certificate. Other stock moving interstate may also require a health certificate. Certifications are provided to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) regarding the disease status of properties and animals to satisfy export protocols. An associated project to improve the reporting and retrieval of disease data for this purpose is the Animal Health Information System. Planned active surveillance programs complement passive surveillance disease monitoring. Some export protocols require treatment of animals prior to export. Departmental staff provide this service if authorised private veterinarians are not available.