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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2014
32 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2014 ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE Animal Health Australia – agents for change It does this through its partnerships with industries and governments, which help keep Australia disease free, builds the sustainability of our livestock industries and promotes the humane use of animals for food, companionship, recreation and sport. The work AHA is involved in helps safeguard local and international confidence in Australia’s animal health systems and livestock products and securing market access. In addition, AHA offers expert technical advice, support and services to its members, other industry stakeholders and individual producers. AHA works closely with the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) to strengthen the national animal health system, by improving animal health, livestock productivity, food safety and quality, animal welfare, biosecurity and in the preparedness for emergency animal diseases. In consultation with SCA, Australian sheepmeat levy funds are invested into a number of funded programs managed by AHA. AHA also provides support and assistance to independent industry initiatives such as the Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN), of which SCA is a key contributor in partnership with Cattle Council of Australia, WoolProducers. We do this by providing ongoing training, financial services support, technical advice and the development of extension and communication materials. Highlights for 2013-14 New National OJD Management Plan and revised National Sheep Health Statement In order to help producers take a risk- management approach to their farm biosecurity for Ovine Johne’s (OJD) disease, a new National OJD Management Plan 2013–18 was developed. The plan, which came into effect on 1st July 2013, was endorsed by the SCA, WoolProducers Australia (WPA) and the OJD Management Committee. There are a number of key elements to the plan including a new Sheep Health Statement (SHS); an important risk assessment tool enabling good biosecurity practice when purchasing or selling sheep. The SHS can be downloaded at www. farmbiosecurity.com.au, click on the Toolkit tab then ‘Declarations and statements’ and click on the National Sheep Health Statement. For more information about the National OJD Management Plan, visit www.ojd.com.au SheepMAP review A technical review of SheepMAP, the national quality assurance system used to demonstrate low-risk status for OJD, was conducted in 2013–14 to ensure it continues to be of practical benefit to producers and remains technically sound. The SheepMAP Steering Committee, comprising AHA and SCA staff as well as MAP commercial producers, stud stock industry, government and veterinary representatives, are investigating a range of issues relating to the structure and performance of the SheepMAP program including recent scientific advancements and policy changes in OJD management. Key findings are presently being considered in a draft discussion paper and a decision on the full extent of industry consultation was made available in July 2014. For more information about the SheepMAP technical review visit: www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/maps and click on the ‘SheepMap’ link New sheep welfare standards Under the former Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS), AHA was commissioned to facilitate the development of nationally consistent Australian Animal Standards and Guidelines for sheep to underpin community confidence in sheep production, producer access to domestic and overseas markets and reinforce Australia’s international leadership in livestock welfare. The welfare standards for sheep seeks to ensure improved welfare outcomes that are practical for industry to implement and will harmonise livestock welfare legislation in Australia. The development process will be completed in 2014. To find out more visit www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au Objectives for 2014-15 A holistic approach to endemic production diseases Reducing the financial impact of endemic diseases is a major focus for AHA. With AHA is a not-for-profit member-funded company which works to protect and improve animal health within Australia.
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