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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2014
36 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2014 ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE National Livestock Standstill If Australia had an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, a critical measure in limiting the spread will be to stop the movement of all susceptible livestock, initially for a period of 72 hours. Exercise Odysseus is a series of discussion exercises and field-based activities which will be held throughout 2014. These activities will focus on issues associated with the implementation of a national livestock standstill at an organisation, jurisdictional and national level. The exercise scenario, which will be consistent across the exercise program, is based on an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, initially detected in Queensland. Exercise Odysseus is aimed at enhancing national (government and industry) preparedness for and implementation of a national livestock standstill in response to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. The objectives of the exercise are to: • assess national, jurisdictional and industry arrangements for implementing and managing a livestock standstill. • assess national, jurisdictional and industry decision-making processes in declaring and implementing a national livestock standstill. • assess mechanisms for communicating a national livestock standstill and their effectiveness. • assess coordination within and between government and non-government agencies and industry, prior to and during a national livestock standstill. SCA is a member of the Exercise Odysseus planning team, working with government agencies responsible for biosecurity, as well as Animal Health Australia, and other organisations in the livestock industries. For more information please visit: www.daff.gov.au/animal- plant-health/emergency Australian participants engaged in Foot and Mouth Disease Real-Time training in Nepal.
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