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Applications open for BJD assistance

Beef Central, 31/05/2013

Cattle producers impacted by recent bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) cases in Queensland are able to claim for financial support from today.

Queensland minister for agriculture John McVeigh said the Newman Government had delivered on its commitment to provide financial support to producers impacted by BJD.

“Affected producers can view eligibility criteria and apply for financial support from the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority website at www.qraa.qld.gov.au,” Mr McVeigh said.

“My department will also be mailing information packs including application forms, eligibility criteria and guidelines directly to affected producers.

“While the financial support has been designed to help affected producers get back on track, the payments should not be considered as full compensation.”

Mr McVeigh also urged producers and industry stakeholders to make sure they had their say on the Queensland Cattle Industry Biosecurity Fund and proposed voluntary industry levy.

“This consultation closes at 5pm on 7 June 2013 and is available for feedback on the Get Involved website, www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au,” Mr McVeigh said.

“The voluntary levy will start from mid-2014 and we’re looking for feedback on what contribution rate the industry can manage.

“Feedback from industry and producers is vital to this process because the Fund will be driven and supported by industry.”

For more information on BJD, visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

Source: Qld Govt

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