Farmers asked to have a say on preg-testing
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.
Ag Force cattle president Will Wilson said outdated regulations and a lack of vets in remote areas were increasing costs and reducing margins for live exporters and cattle breeding operations reliant on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.
SPEAK UP: Submissions on lay people preg-testing cattle close on December 14.