FOR years the Narromine store sheep sale has forged a reputation as a four point selling avenue under the previous Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD) ABC system.
However, with new control and protected areas being introduced from January 1 – and which of these the Narromine region will be classed as still unclear – agents are concerned about what impact the new trading rules could have on the sale.
Selling agent Andrew Peadon from Andrew Peadon Agencies, Trangie, said the huge amount of confusion about what the new trading rules meant, which clearly existed among producers – based on meetings held last week in Coonamble and Warialda, and Wellington on Monday – was also prevalent among agents.
“Nobody can really explain what’s going on, so how do agents go and tell a producer what’s going on when the people who are supposedly administering all of this don’t appear to know yet,” he said.
Mr Peadon said agents would meet with the Central West Livestock Health and Pest Authority in Dubbo on Tuesday to seek clarity about the new rules.
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