Australia’s OJD National Management Plan 2013-18 has two main objectives:
- To minimise the risk of infection by the bacteria spreading to properties and regions that currently appear to be disease free.
- To reduce the financial impact and adverse animal health and welfare effects of the disease on individual flocks, and on the sheep industry as a whole.
Key features of the 2013-2018 National OJD Management Plan are:
- A management system that relies on a risk management approach and greater producer responsibility. It provides a National Framework for states to work from in setting their OJD policies, and does not interfere with trade.
- The continuation of Sheep Health Statement (SHS) but the removal of the current ABC point scheme. The ABC Scheme was built around the existence of recognised prevalence areas which will no longer exist.
- Encouragement for producers to collectively develop their own Regional Biosecurity Plans (RBPs), due to the added effectiveness of a collective approach. Guidelines will be provided to assist groups of producers in preparing RBPs.
- No control or protected areas – formal zoning is untenable due to the lack of a formal approval process for Regional Biosecurity Plans by State Governments.
- Increased emphasis on extension and communication activities to assist producers and industry to understand the new system.
- Abattoir monitoring as a means of providing individuals and regions with information on the prevalence of OJD. It remains the most cost-effective means of identifying a broad range of diseases affecting the sheep industry.
- On-going funding of OJD research and development work, with a greater emphasis placed on communicating these activities to industry.
A copy of the National OJD Management Plan 2013-18 can be downloaded here.
Review of the National OJD Management Plan
Commencing 29 January 2018, WPA and SPA are seeking input from the sheep and wool industry on the future management of OJD in Australia.
A Discussion Paper – Future Management of OJD has been developed to seek feedback on the NOJDMP, and more specifically on the tools and elements that underpin the NOJDMP.
The feedback from this review will be used to determine if there is a need for a national framework for the management of OJD in Australia, as well as identifying if there is a need to refine current management strategies.