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PRIMARY INDUSTRY

M EDIA RELEASE December 1978

CANBERRA

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY THE RT. HON. IAN SINCLAIR M.

BEEF INCENTIVE PAYMENTS SCHEME WINDING UP

Cattlemen contemplating making claims under the

Commonwealth’s Beef Industry Incentive Payments Scheme

should do so without delay.

The Minister for' Primary Industry, Mr Ian Sinclair, said

today claims must be lodged by 31 December, 1978.

Payment will be made for husbandry procedures carried out

before 22 September, 1978.

Mr Sinclair said the Scheme had made a tremendous contribution

to improved cash flows of cattlemen when prices were at an

all-time low.

"To date, a total of $111.28 million has been paid by the

Commonwealth under the Scheme on 80,553 producer claims",

he said.

"A further 900 claims are currently being assessed by the

Department of Primary Industry.

"Even though prices have now improved, the financial position

of many cattle producers is still uncertain.

"The Beef Industry Incentive Payments Scheme has given them

direct cash support to help bridge the income gap caused by

the very adverse seasonal and market conditions of 1977."

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The Beef Industry Incentive Payments Scheme provides for

payments of $10 per head of beef cattle to producers

carrying out recognised disease control and husbandry ,

procedures, with a maximum payment of $2,000 to any one

producer.

To be eligible for payment a producer must have owned 50

or more beef cattle at 30 June, 1977 and must have carried

out, between 23 September, 1977 and 22 September, 1978, any

of a range of procedures including:

. Drenching/injection for internal parasites.

. Dipping or other treatment for external parasites.

. Vaccination.

. Tuberculosis and brucellosis testing and vaccination.

. Speying of beef cattle heifers under two years old.

Claim forms may be obtained from Regional Offices of the

Commonwealth Department of Primary Industry.