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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2014
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2014 23 MARKETING, MARKET ACCESS & TRADE • Standards and Performance Benchmarking of the trade • Development and assessment of livestock welfare indicators along the live export supply chain • Mapping ESCAS against food safety to identify non-animal welfare benefits inherent in ESCAS that may be strong drivers for adoption in importing countries The development and distribution of training and support materials remain a high priority. Through the MLA/LiveCorp Live Export Program, a variety of materials including Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions and Video training materials have been produced in a number of languages. The Program has also trained over 4000 people in market over the last three years in handling and slaughtering livestock. The welfare of animals in the industry's care remains a priority for the industry. While we continue to research for improvement, the overall mortality rate for sheep during sea transport to all destinations during 2013 was 0.68% or over 13,000 sheep, out of approximately 1.94 million sheep exported. This was lower than the 0.81% mortality rate for 2012 and substantially down from the 2 to 3% ranges seen in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Mortality rates for sheep exports by sea have not risen above 1% since 2003. While this fall in mortality is a good demonstration of industry investment in R&D, through good pre-export preparation and on-board management, industry is committed to looking for further innovations and new science that can assist in driving on board morality down further. Finally, the critical challenge for the livestock export trade is to reach out to the Australian public and demonstrate actions that highlight our vision and commitment to good animal welfare practices. Until such time as we narrow the gap between industry performance and community expectations and values, we create an environment for increased regulatory and political risk. The challenge is not short term and our focus must be beyond the current political cycle. Loading sheep for live export on the 'Ocean Drover' (Photo credit: WA Farmers). AUSTRALIAN LIVESTOCK EXPORTERS' COUNCIL (ALEC)
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