Source: The Mercury, 8 January, 1997, p.23


Fatal sheep disease

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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