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Cocos Island cattle importations get the go-ahead

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Applications are now being accepted from breeders who wish

to import cattle from Western Europe, the United States and Canada.

All importations will be through the new off-shore animal

quarantine station presently under construction on West Island in

the Cocos (Keeling) Islands group, 2700 kilometres north-west of

Perth. '

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Michael MacKellar,

said today that, subject to present construction schedules being

maintained, cattle from Western Europe would be accepted into the

station from June 1981 and from the United States and Canada from

December 1981.

Mr MacKellar said that all applications received were

subject to consideration by an expert committee. This committee,

known as the Advisory Committee on Animal Import Priorities, had

been established by the Minister to advise on import priorities

through Cocos Island. The committee includes representatives from

industry┬╗ specialist government veterinary surgeons, geneticists

and animal production experts.

The Minister said the priorities committee would be

assessing applications against the background of a draft report

entitled 'Recommended Procedures for the Sampling, Introduction,

Evaluation and Dissemination of New Animal Genotypes' which had been

prepared by the Animal Production Committee of the Standing Committee

on Agriculture. /o

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This report is available from all State Agriculture

Departments and the Animal Quarantine Branch of the Department

of Health. It is a technical report which will provide importers

with a valuable guide to information which should be included in

applications for importation through the Cocos Island station.

State agricultural departments will be pleased to assist any

prospective importer in completing application forms or to discuss

any aspect of the report.

Applications to import cattle through Cocos are to be

made on a form which is available from all Chief Quarantine Officers

(Animals) in the State agriculture departments and the Animal

Quarantine Branch, Commonwealth Department of Health, Box 100,

Woden, A.C.T., 2606.

Completed application forms should be forwarded to the

Department of Health as soon as possible. Applications for cattle

from Western Europe will be accepted up until 16 February 1981 and

those for...the U.S.A./Canada up until 1 April 1981.

CANBERRA: 3 December 1980