June 10, 2022, 03.43 PM

He said despite the significant financial impacts the disease is having on the industry there has been limited support from the government.

"I don't think too many people understand the effects or how the disease spreads or how long it has been here," he said.

"As a result, we have not got much support."

JEV causes issues with pregnancy in sows and a reduction in growth weight.

Saunders said the biosecurity funding would not provide direct funding to address farmers’ losses.

"I think on-farm support has been incredible," he said.

"It is not necessarily about funding though. It is about managing the stock. Funding doesn’t fix everything, care and support are what fixes the animals."

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