Initiative to protect the ‘integrity of country shows’

Protecting ‘the integrity of country shows’ along with the interests of stud breeders, are two key elements of a statewide initiative announced this week by the NSW Agricultural Societies Council.
Nanjing Night Net

In a move designed to bring the NSW regional show circuit in line with events such as the Sydney Royal, testing for BVD (or Bovine Pestivirus) will become mandatory for all stud exhibitors from January 1, 2013.

Normally transmitted via contact between a persistently infected (PI) and susceptible animals, BVD testing has been obligatory as a condition of entry for the last two Sydney Shows, and its introduction to the regional circuit is seen as crucial to protecting the interests of stud breeders across NSW, according to ASC president Geoff Bush.

“Given the rampant nature of BVD as disease, it’s imperative that we take every possible measure to shore up the interests of breeders and the NSW show circuit as a whole.

“While the virus can be spread by aerosol (through the air) in fine droplets, the distance of this spread is limited.

“However the virus can survive in the environment for anywhere from a few hours through to a couple of weeks depending the prevailing weather conditions.”

As a result, Mr Bush said, the following guidelines will come into effect on 1st January 2013:

• Stud cattle section permitting only BVDV free (non-PI) animals to enter a show;

• Ensure complete segregation of commercial and known tested negative (Non-PI) (stud) animals;

• Untested animals should be separated at all times from susceptible animals by a distance of at least 10 metres;

• Susceptible females should be excluded from any area that has been occupied by untested animals for at least 24 hours unless all surfaces are hard and impervious and can be easily washed down. Such surfaces (eg concrete floors and rails) should be thoroughly washed down and allowed to dry;

• It is preferable for grassed areas to be utilised first by tested animals;

• In any grassed areas that must be used first by untested animals , once the untested cattle have been removed, all manure should be collected and the area left unoccupied for as long as possible and at least overnight;

• Ensure that vehicles and equipment used with untested animals are not used for tested negative animals until they have been thoroughly washed (liberally with water followed by a sanitiser such as an iodophor product) and allowed to dry.

While emphasizing the importance of the new guidelines, Mr Bush was at length to assure breeders that a simple tail hair sample test occasioning a negative result will cover the lifetime of the exhibit.

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