Two views on hen­dra vac­cine

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MT PERRY farmer Bron­wyn Al­lan wants to know why she should pay $1.45 a kilo­me­tre for a vet to come 55km each way for a sim­ple pro­ce­dure she can do her­self.

That’s what she says it will cost to vac­ci­nate her horses against hen­dra.

“If the drug company put out a Ru­ral and Re­mote Pack and an owner dec­la­ra­tion form, as they do with cat­tle, it would en­cour­age more peo­ple to vac­ci­nate.” Ms Al­lan said.

Another horse owner in Eidsvold vac­ci­nates her horses to pro­tect her fam­ily.

“It may never hap­pen, I re­ally think it would never hap­pen, but I can­not take the risk that my horses may get in­fected,” Kath­leen Roth said.

“I have been on and around horses since I was nine years old and I was mus­ter­ing cat­tle on horse­back only yes­ter­day,” she said.

“What if I lost a horse to hen­dra? We would be dev­as­tated,” she said.

“I vac­ci­nate my horses not be­cause I have to, but be­cause I think it is the right thing.”

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