Farm­ers asked to have a say on preg-test­ing

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AGFORCE is urg­ing Queens­land cat­tle pro­duc­ers to have their say on the need for in­creased ac­cess to re­li­able and af­ford­able preg­nancy test­ing ser­vices be­fore a State Govern­ment con­sul­ta­tion process closes next week.

AgForce cat­tle pres­i­dent Will Wil­son said out­dated reg­u­la­tions and a lack of vets in re­mote ar­eas were in­creas­ing costs and re­duc­ing mar­gins for live ex­porters and cat­tle breed­ing oper­a­tions re­liant on preg­nancy test­ing ser­vices.

“High fer­til­ity rates are cru­cial to the suc­cess of all breed­ing busi­nesses, and preg­nancy test­ing is a key herd man­age­ment tool that helps pro­duc­ers boost their pro­duc­tiv­ity and prof­itabil­ity,” he said.

“For too long Queens­land cat­tle pro­duc­ers have been at a com­pet­i­tive dis­ad­van­tage to pro­duc­ers in other parts of Aus­tralia where lay preg­nancy testers are legally op­er­at­ing and have done for years.

“That’s why it’s so vi­tal we have our say and make the most of the op­por­tu­nity the Queens­land Govern­ment has pro­vided.”

Pro­duc­ers can pro­vide com­ment by email­ing biose­cleg­is­la­[email protected] gov.au or by mail­ing to GPO Box 46, Bris­bane, 4001 be­fore De­cem­ber 14, 2018.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SPEAK UP: Sub­mis­sions on lay peo­ple preg-test­ing cat­tle close on De­cem­ber 14.

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