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Disease testing too costly for Aussie farmers

Due to a shortage of government vets and a massive increase in pathology costs, the Australian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is struggling to monitor the health of the state's livestock herds.

An investigation by The Weekly Times found that veterinary pathology costs have jumped by as much as 275% in the past four years. Australian Veterinary Association vice president Matt Makin said the price rise, combined with the drought, made it harder to convince farmers of the merits of testing.


Monitoring and control

The DPI keeps no record of how much testing is being conducted across the state. The DPI's performance in monitoring and controlling disease has also come under fire, with farmers criticising its recent handling of an anthrax outbreak in northern Victoria.


Related websites:
Australian Department of Primary Industries
Australian Veterinary Association


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(Source: The Weekly Times)

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