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Cattle Council applauds Korean decision on Acatak

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NEWS RELEASE T M M l II Ilf OF A U S T R A L IAMR21/98 27 May 1998CATTLE COUNCIL APPLAUDS KOREAN DECISION ON ACATAKPresident of the Cattle Council of Australia, Mr Peter Milne, has today welcomed the decision by the South Korean Food and Drug Administration to set a provisional Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) for fluazuron, otherwise known as Acatak.“This is a marvellous decision for Australia’s northern cattle producers. Acatak is registered in eighteen countries and now that Korea has joined our other major markets in agreeing to set an import tolerance, it can be reintroduced into Australia,” Mr Milne said.“Acatak is a new-age chemical which is widely recognised to be one of the safest, most effective and most environmentally-friendly means of reducing, if not eradicating, cattle tick.“Cattle ticks cost the beef industry over $100M per annum in lost production, hide damage, treatment costs and lost export income.“Northern Australia (Queensland, Northern Territory and the Kimberleys) accounts for around half of Australia’s cattle herd constituting 60% of the total Australia beef exports.“The campaign against the tick in the North has bogged down in the absence of effective chemical treatments.“A significant element to the tick problem is the ever-increasing levels of resistance that have developed with the use of alternative tick control chemicals,” Mr Milne added.“Within five to ten years there would have been no effective treatment available; with devastating consequences for northern Australia.“The re-introduction of Acatak will allow areas to kick-start their tick eradication programs that have remained low key since Acatak was removed from Australia’s shelves. Further, Acatak will allow a very high level of control of ticks in areas where eradication isn’t feasible at this time.“The use of Acatak will also bring other major side benefits such as the feasibility of introducing new genetics to the North to better meet Japanese and Korean market requirements. Other positives include: reduced numbers of musters; reduced stress on animals, and easier cattle management.“This is good news to not only those northern cattle producers with incidence of tick, but all northern producers and, indeed, all producers throughout Australia.“The timing of this decision could not be better as the tick season commences again in August/September.In concluding, Peter Milne thanked the Government, and particularly The Hon. John Anderson, Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, for his role in making this breakthrough possible.For further information contact: Peter Milne President 0419 491 853Justin Toohey Peter WeeksExecutive Director Deputy Director 019 447 972 or 02/6273 3688 02/6273 3688P 0 Box E10 Q.V.T. ACT 2600 NFF H ouse 14-16 B risbane Ave B arton ACT 2 6 00 Ph: 06 2 7 3 3688 Fax: 06 27 3 2 3 97 Creating an environment for the sustained profitability of cattle producersPrincipal Sponsor mmPrimary Industry Bank of Australia Limited