What is OJD?
Ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) is an incurable, infectious wasting disease of sheep that can result in significant economic losses on infected farms due to sheep deaths, and lost production in meat, lambs and wool.
OJD is caused by the sheep strain of bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis,which leads to the intestinal wall slowly thickening, causing reduced absorption of nutrients from the intestine. This eventually leads to severe loss of condition – infected
sheep can waste away and die.
The bacteria are passed in the manure of infected animals, contaminating pasture and water supplies and spreading infection to other susceptible sheep. Once a flock is endemically infected with OJD, it is difficult to eradicate.
Dear WoolProducers Australia Board members and Executive Officers
WA Farmers Federation, Upper Great Southern Zone President John Hassell is seeking to nominate for election to the Australian Wool Innovation Board of Directors – but he needs your help!
In order to be eligible to nominate for the position, John needs 100 signatures from current AWI shareholders/wool tax payers. If you would like to support John, please find attached a nomination form for you and others to sign, and return to John on the details provided before 15 September. We have also attached a one-page documents outlining John’s background, experience and suitability for the role.