17 April 1998

RULEBOOK GROWS FATTER BUT IMAGE IS ENHANCED

Learning to live with legislation seems to be a sheep producers lot at the moment.

Besides the impact of the new specified-risk material regulations, which have had a huge impact on the cull ewe market, increasing government interest in dip use and disposal and its effect on the environment threatens to increase costs and bureaucracy.

But plans to include synthetic pyrethroids in the Certificate of Competence – probably from spring 1999 – must be welcomed. For some producers, these were seen as a more environmentally friendly option compared with organophosphates. But we now know that is not the case.

Despite most producers following dipping instructions to the letter, any moves to help reduce pollution risk and the devastating effects on river life should be welcomed – and must help in our quest to better the farming industrys credibility.

And as one article in this update shows, meeting the Certificate of Competence requirement requires little more than a common-sense approach. Choosing the right product can also prove tricky, but our guide should help make it easier.

For producers considering their dead stock disposal options – particularly given rising costs – we look at what the regulations for disposal are, and what alternatives are available.