Source: The Mercury, 8 January, 1997, p.23
A FATAL sheep disease has struck 62,000 sheep in Victoria forcing 24 farmers to kill all their stock. The large number of animals affected by ovine Johne's disease, has prompted the Victorian Government to offer a $1 million compensation package. Agriculture Minister Pat McNamara said farmers who had the illness in their flock would have to destroy all their sheep but would be offered $25 for ewes, $100 for rams, $15 for wethers and $15 for lambs as compensation. He said New South Wales and Tasmania also had infected flocks and it was imperative they also initiated similar programs.
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