Have just had some interesting news. The biggest dairy goat show here is Sydney royal show which is held at easter time. So a couple weeks away from the show, suddenly exhibitors are getting these letters. The letters say: 1. that the regulations have changed and where they used to require all dairy goats to have a -ve CAE blood test, that requirement is no longer needed. Goats do not need to be -ve tested or come from an accredited herd to be accepted onto the showgrounds 2. last year, two animals from two exhibitors were admitted onto the show grounds with a -ve test, which were in fact +ve for cae. these goats were stalled and milked in close proximity to other animals from accredited free herds and those which were tested -ve. there is no knowing how many animals contracted the disease at last years show from these two infected animals 3. goats from accredited herds that attend this years show, with its changed health regulations, must be quarrantined when they go back home, retested within 30 days and may have their whole herd accreditation revoked. This is really, really worrying. What concerns me the most is that infected animals were present and milked on the showgrounds, and yet the RAS is doing NOTHING to ensure that this horrible situation is prevented from being repeated! It baffles me that they would accept untested goats when surely that is just asking for more infected animals to come to the showground, for more exhibitors to go home with more than just ribbons. Surely, the logical thing to do would be to TIGHTEN the health regulations and make sure, once and for all, that this situation does not happen again!! Incredible!!