The September and October Livestock Health Monitoring Reports are now available!
This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania in September/October 2021.
Good surveillance and early action on suspicion of a disease outbreak can limit the damage.
“One of the most important lessons from Covid-19 has been “Go hard, go early”. If an outbreak is detected while only a few individuals are infected, lockdowns (we use the term “stock standstill” in the animal world) can be very effective. It is just so important that anyone who sees some suggestive clinical signs in animals (e.g., salivation, lameness, blisters in the case of Foot and Mouth Disease reports this immediately to their vet or the Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) Hotline 1800 675 888. If it is a false alarm, no harm done.
The importance of ‘contact tracing’ has been emphasised during the Covid-19 outbreak, and most of us are used to scanning in as we enter buildings and venues. Our National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), Property Identification Codes (PICs) and National Vendor Declaration (NVD) system and transferring animal IDs on databases are all part of an equivalent animal tracing system that has to be operating constantly in case there is an outbreak of an EAD. The better we all comply with this system, the faster we can get on top of any outbreak.” – Dr Bruce Jackson, Veterinary Consultant
The January Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!
This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania in January 2021.
Good surveillance and early action on suspicion of a disease outbreak can limit the damage. There has been presence of virulent foot rot observed this month in a sheep breeding operation, the most likely source being being a ram from a clean stud on the mainland transported to Tasmania via commercial livestock transport. With quick, decisive action and effective treatment administered, this outbreak should have limited impact on the operation. More details are outlined in the report under ‘biosecurity story of the month’.
Remember • Report any suspicion of an Emergency Animal Disease to the Hotline on 1800 675 888 • Never feed animal protein such as meat meal to any ruminant including sheep. • Use NVDs and NLIS tags properly so that animals can be ‘contact traced’ quickly if there is an outbreak of an Emergency Animal Disease.
Article author: Dr Bruce Jackson, independent veterinary consultant
“Vibriosis has been diagnosed in a number of beef and dairy herds in Tasmania recently and the impact of this disease can be severe. In one case, about a quarter of pregnancy tested in-calf cows in a large herd did not calve and three other herds that received cattle from that herd also experienced pregnancy loss. There is also a very serious financial impact associated with this disease.”
After a successful pilot project the Livestock Health Monitoring program will continue to produce a monthly report on livestock diseases and conditions that have been observed by rural service providers across Tasmania. This program is designed to keep livestock producers and rural service providers up to date on what livestock diseases and conditions are currently occurring in Tasmania. This should mean earlier diagnosis, more effective treatment and better prevention of future outbreaks.
The Livestock Health Monitoring program is funded by Animal Health Australia (with support from Sheep Producers Australia and Wool Producers Australia) and by DPIPWE. Private veterinarians coordinate the project. If you would like more information on this project please contact Dr Bruce Jackson on 0407 872 520 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the current circumstances around COVID-19, and uncertainty about gatherings for the foreseeable future, Red Meat Updates scheduled for 24 July 2020 has been postponed to Friday, 23 July 2021.
Although disappointing, the working group are viewing this as an opportunity to build on our current plans for the event and ensure that RMU returns in 2021 with a stand out program and lots of opportunity for networking.
Since its establishment in 2013, Red Meat Updates has grown to be the premier red meat industry event in Tasmania and a highlight in the industry calendar. We would like to thank all attendees and sponsors for their continued support of Red Meat Updates, and look forward to seeing you at a stand out event in 2021.
The RMU working group encourage you to save the date now for Red Meat Updates 2021 as it will be a day not to be missed.
Meanwhile, you can keep up to date with event planning and current industry news by following us on social media.
Grab your calendars and save the date for the 8th annual Red Meat Updates!
The 2020 RMU working group are working hard to put together another great program for red meat producers across Tasmania under the theme of ‘profit-driven decisions for the future’. Stay up to date with planning of the 2020 event by following us on Facebook and Twitter @RedMeatUpdates
Calling on sheep producers who scan for multiple lambs and manage ewe lambs/maiden ewes separately during the lambing period – we need your help!
Murdoch University PhD candidate Elise Bowen is conducting a survey to better understand current sheep reproductive rates across Australia. This study forms part of a larger project, funded by Meat & Livestock Australia that is looking at improving the reproductive performance of ewes joined as lambs and hoggets.
The key benefit from this study to farm businesses will be a set of benchmarks to compare the reproductive performance of your sheep against regional and national targets.
Survey respondents will be asked to provide some information about the characteristics of their sheep flocks and scanning rates as well as some data on the number of lambs present at lambing.
Please read the instructions carefully, no questions are compulsory to answer. Please email the completed survey to email@example.com.
The final report and publications from this project will not identify any individuals or businesses participating in the study. Any records that identify you or your business will be stored securely and not shared without your consent.
Sponsorship opportunities for Red Meat Updates 2020 are now available!
Red Meat Updates (RMU) is Tasmania’s premier red meat industry event, consistently attracting over 350 attendees each year. RMU provides a platform for producers, advisors, researchers and industry stakeholders to come together to network and learn. With red meat producers making up 70% of attendees, there is no other forum in Tasmania where you will see such a large number of producers in one place.
Take up of sponsorship packages has been very strong this year, if you are interested in sponsoring Red Meat Updates for 2020 please get in touch early so you don’t miss out on your preferred option.*
View the 2020 Red Meat Updates sponsorship prospectus here.
Download the 2020 Red Meat Updates sponsor registration form here.
The eighth annual Red Meat Updates event will be held on Friday, 24 July 2020. Keep up to date with Red Meat Updates event planning by following us on social media;