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Tuesday, 13 November 1973
Page: 1747

Senator BROWN (VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Primary Industry, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the problem some breeders of merino rams are experiencing that many of their young rams are found to be sexually inhibited.

(2)   What research facilities are available to such breeders for the purpose of ascertaining the causation of, and immediate measures necessary to correct, this inadequacy which can be deleterious to the future well-being of the Australian wool industry.

Senator Cavanagh - The Minister for Primary Industry has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(   1 ) No representations on this matter have been made to me previously.

(2)   I understand that this is a problem which, though longstanding, was undetected for many years. Research is now in progress at the CSIRO laboratories at Prospect and Armidale, into methods of testing rams with a view to ascertaining the cause of the problems and ways of correcting it by therapy treatment in flocks where it occurs. I am informed however that though this problem occurs in some flocks, it is not really widespread.

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