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



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Technical Annual Report 2000/01 87 Meat inspection On April 5, 2000, Minister Palmer signed the following proposal: From 1 July 2002, "only abattoirs operating under approved HACCP based QA programs and employing qualified meat inspectors, be issued with an NT abattoir license". As a result, all remote abattoirs (slaughterhouses) have been notified of the requirement for a qualified meat inspector on each plant from July 1, 2002. The larger town-based abattoirs were given immediate notice and have subsequently had government inspection services removed/replaced by company inspectors. Game meat There is one game meat field depot currently operating in the NT. This depot is operated by a person with an NT licence for the slaughter of game animals, in conjunction with an export game meat abattoir in Queensland and is not open to the public. PROJECT: Monitoring Cattle Dip Strength Project Officers: K. Small and Regional staff Location: NT Wide Objective: Ensure government and private dipping facilities are run at correct strength. Provide an advisory service on correct dip chemical usage, plunge dip management and choice of acaricide. Provide a dip analysis service. There is minimal use of acaricides except for movement treatments due to the increasing proportion of Brahman content in the breeding herd in the tick endemic areas. The project involves provision of dip sample bottles, dip sampling sticks and an analysis service for industry and government. Station staff, veterinary officers and stock inspectors collect dip samples. Samples are then sent to the BARC Chemistry Section for analysis. Collectors, station owners/managers and program managers are notified of the results and appropriate advice is given. A total of 33 dip samples were analysed from NT properties during 2000/2001. Out of them, 17 samples were at the correct strength, three were above strength and 13 were under strength. Corrective action was advised in each case. Several dips have changed from synthetic pyrethroids to amitraz in response to resistance to synthetic pyrethroids in the Darwin area.