At our recent AGM we voted a change to the executive. Our new President is Nathan Nixon, Secretary is Alison Livermore and Treasurer is Dianne Davey. Alison and Dianne are Publicity Officers. The remainder of the positions will be listed in the Minutes which will be included in the next newsletter.
One very important outcome from the AGM are our first ever life memberships. Awarded to Julie Stott and Joy Walters, the executive and those present felt their outstanding and diligent contributions to the AMHBN should be recognised. Congratulations and our heartfelt thanks to you both for your extraordinary achievements in respect to breed development and sheer hard work regards the association. The new generation of Miniature Hereford breeders have an easy task because of your expertise and commitment to excellence, and a robust and growing association to take us forward into an exciting future.
Happy end of 2017, Christmas and the SUMMER newsletter is nearly ready to be posted to AMHBN members.
AMHBN is pleased to be associated with the article that appeared in the Herefords Australia magazine – the first one on miniature Herefords since mini Herefords arrived in Australia for this magazine. Click here to read the article.
Don’t forget to visit our For Sale page to see what AMHBN members have for sale here
Pestivirus (also known as BVDV – bovine viral diarrhoea virus) causes abortion, ill thrift in young animals, diarrhoea and respiratory disease.
Pestivirus is widespread throughout the Australian cattle population. About 70% of herds are actively infected with the virus. Infection of susceptible animals can cause a variety of diseases, some not apparent until well after the initial spread of the virus in a herd.
Clinical signs that would lead a producer to suspect pestivirus include:
- Early-term abortion or embryonic loss.
- Temporary infertility.
- Increased susceptibility to other diseases.
- Weak, stunted or deformed calves.
- Respiratory disease.
- Ill-thrift and wastage
There is an AgFact here, which lists various methods of control, including an annual vaccination (expensive) program.
Information on the required vaccination programme can be seen here