Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    Decision made on the future control of footrot in WA

    28/09/2007 1:45 PM

    The Western Australian Government and the farming industry has agreed on a new $800,000 control program to prevent the spread of virulent footrot of sheep in Western Australia.

    The Footrot Eradication Campaign Advisory Committee (FECAC) with representatives from WA Farmers, Pastoralists and Graziers Association, Stud Merino Breeders Association and the Department of Agriculture and Food announced that industry had agreed to 10 cents per head fee, on sheep sold, to fund the control program.

    Agriculture and Food Minister Kim Chance said advanced funding would be provided by the State Government, until the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act mechanisms enabled industry to establish producer fees for services.

    “Once a mechanism is established, industry will contribute $500,000 a year to the new program and the Department of Agriculture and Food will provide $300,000,” Mr Chance said.

    “The program will target surveillance, control, training and extension activities.”

    The Minister said the main objective of the program was to detect flocks infected with footrot and control the spread of the disease.

    “The program will assist owners of infected flocks who choose to eradicate the flock to develop, audit and review a Property Disease Management Plan to achieve successful eradication within two years,” he said.

    “A new initiative will include a financial incentive of up to $1.20 per head for owners of infected flocks to undertake eradication by inspection and culling.

    “The program will also advise those owners who chose not to eradicate to minimise the impact of the disease on their sheep and to prevent it from spreading outside their flock.”

    Mr Chance said that to prevent the spread of the disease, infected properties would remain under quarantine restrictions until footrot had been eradicated from the flock.

    “The program will also advise the neighbours of infected flocks on how to prevent the introduction of the disease,” he said.

    “Existing stock entry conditions for WA will remain in place, to prevent the disease being introduced from interstate.”

    The new footrot control program will come into effect immediately.

    For information on the new control program, producers can contact their local department inspector.

    Minister's office: 9213 6700