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



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Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries 78 communication about disease incidence and control in Central Australia. To join the list, go to http://lists.dpi.qld.gov.au/central-aus-animal-health-net.html Animal health news from the Northern Territory (AHNNT) The quarterly publication of this newsletter by staff in BVL and the Livestock Market Access subprogram started at the beginning of 1996. It is sent to all registered veterinarians in the NT and bordering towns in WA and Queensland, stock inspectors, NT livestock industry organisations and other interested people both within and outside the department. The articles cover topical animal disease events, animal health surveillance news, information from BVL and other items. Articles are received from laboratory and field staff, in southern and northern regions. Issues 18 to 21 of the newsletter were produced during 2000/2001, with about 180 copies distributed each quarter. The newsletter is also available from the DPIF Intranet site and the DPIF Internet site www.nt.gov.au/dpif/news_events/ahnnt.shtml NT animal health information system (NT ANDI) ANDI is a mainframe database that is accurate and reliable for storing animal health information. NT ANDI is used by both laboratory and field animal health staff for storing and retrieving investigation details and results. Quantitative data for the NT report to NAHIS are extracted from NT ANDI and significant disease event entries are also identified with it. It is used to record and report details and results on all submissions to BVL from a wide variety of clients such as other DPIF staff in animal production, agriculture, and fisheries, private veterinary clinics and the public. The system is being reviewed during 2001, as it is almost ten years old, and options other than the mainframe will be explored. Passive surveillance Investigation by field veterinary officers and stock inspectors of disease events in livestock, reported by producers, achieves two objectives. Provision of a diagnostic service by veterinary officers and stock inspectors for sick animals assists producers to treat, prevent and control disease in their animals, and thereby enhances profitability. Providing this service also enables passive surveillance for both exotic and endemic livestock diseases to be documented. Information from passive surveillance can be used for market health assurances in trade. The accumulation of knowledge over time regarding endemic disease conditions in livestock also enhances the advice and extension information that is provided to producers. There is an active extension program on prevention of diseases such as botulism, tick fever and coccidiosis across the NT. Advice to property owners is provided on request or following a disease investigation. Advice may be offered over the phone, or otherwise a property visit is conducted to investigate the history, conduct clinical examinations of stock, and to perform post mortems and collect samples. Following assessment of the property visit, and the results of laboratory findings, producers are advised of the outcome, and control measures are discussed. For the purpose of this project, NT livestock are regarded as cattle, buffalo, working horses, camels, goats, crocodiles, pigs and poultry. http://lists.dpi.qld.gov.au/central-aus-animal-health-net.html http://www.nt.gov.au/dpif/news_events/ahnnt.shtml