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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Dr FORBES (BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Health) - Cattle semen, including Charollais semen, can be imported into Australia, but only under the most stringent quarantine provisions. These include the delivery of the semen to the veterinary centre at Weybridge in the United Kingdom and the holding of it there for two years. They include also tests on the donor bull at the time the semen is collected and proof that blue tongue has not been present in the country of origin during the whole of the period. The semen - which can be ordered by any person, including the Victorian grazier mentioned by the honorable gentleman - must then be consigned to the Chief Quarantine Officer (Animals) in the State concerned, who must be satisfied that all these conditions have been met. If they have been met, the grazier concerned can collect and use the semen. I might add that more than 1,500 ampules of Charollais semen have been deposited at Weybridge and will no doubt eventually come to Australia.

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