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
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
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
Department of Primary IndustriesAustralian Veterinary Association
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(Source: The Weekly
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