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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2014
14 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2014 PRODUCER ENGAGEMENT Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) The initiative aims to address the potential impact of diseases and pests on our sheepmeat, wool and cattle industries. Within the current pilot phase, LBN has successfully established networks within Queensland, Northern Territory, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, combining forces with a wide range of industry stakeholders. The Australian sheep industry has benefited from improved on-farm animal health, welfare and biosecurity practices thanks to the LBN industry partnership. This has been achieved through the delivery of biosecurity workshops, coordination of regional biosecurity groups, surveillance awareness and e-communication to ensure sheepmeat producers are kept informed of the latest information. Being the first year of LBN initiative, getting a team of six regional officers established across Australia, and starting to deliver benefits to the sheepmeat industry, was a major challenge for the organisation. LBN has delivered extensive activities and events strategically targeted to benefit sheepmeat producers and industry stakeholders over the last year. Following is a summary of some of these key activities for LBN in each state. NSW • Promotion of the national freedom from disease program for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies to both vets and producers. Bilateral support, due to incentives to both fields, means more surveillance data to support freedom from disease • Involved in producer forums to increase surveillance and awareness of exotic and endemic diseases – in partnership with NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services, determine the current baseline of awareness and surveillance in each region. Once a baseline has established, targeted awareness sessions are held, and • Partnership with Animal Health Australia and Charles Sturt University to present and engage with producers at the regular Graham Centre Sheep Forum. Allows one-on-one time to assist producers to develop a personalised on farm biosecurity plan, through the Farm Biosecurity Toolkit. VIC/SA • Produced two videos at Beaufort farm and Ballarat saleyards specific to the Sheep Health Statement (SHS) – the videos focussed on lice control and the SHS • South West Prime Lamb Group University of Melbourne – Addressed producers on the benefits of simple practical biosecurity practices. QLD • Presented an interactive pilot workshop in collaboration with Agforce and DAFF to assist producers to develop an on-farm biosecurity plan. Key areas addressed included feral animal control, minimising and controlling weed seed spread on vehicles and equipment, animal health management and waste management • Attended Leading Sheep ‘Predator Control Days’ to provide an introduction to LBN and our priorities and activities, reaching approximately 300-350 participants, and • Presented at Queensland State Sheep Show, focusing on ovine brucellosis and sheep measles. TAS • Developed and currently implementing a Bruny Island regional biosecurity plan with a residents working group. Initiated due to concerns small landholders were not aware of the risk they pose in introducing sheep pests, diseases and weeds • Managing proposed regional biosecurity plan for Nile Catchment to improve lice control. Engaged over 20 local sheep producers help identify the biosecurity risk priorities and plan for the new lice control program, and • On-farm biosecurity workshops developed and ready to be delivered to groups of producers, with the first workshops in the August in Campbell Town and Deloraine. WA • Collaborating with private consultants, processors and the Department of Agriculture on a series of pilot sheep health workshops to show producers how to use their abattoir feedback to plan their sheep health strategies and identify major sheep health issues • Working with agricultural show societies on ways to incorporate the National Sheep Health Statement into show entry documentation, specifically attending the Wagin Woolorama to promote biosecurity measures, and • Planning for a series of ‘animal health and welfare days’ in regional centres in LBN was established nationally in 2013 by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia, WoolProducers Australia and the Cattle Council of Australia.
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