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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2015 2016
36 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2015-16 ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE Animal Health and Welfare Australian sheepmeat producers’ adherence to best-practice husbandry and government regulation allows Australian lamb and sheepmeat to be marketed as a ‘clean and green’ product both domestically and overseas and enjoy commercial success. While Australian red meat boasts this reputation, it faces increasing public scrutiny and commercial pressure to maintain and demonstrate these credentials. To preserve this advantage SCA continues to make significant investments in the key portfolio of Animal Health and Welfare (AHW), which is largely directed by SISP Theme 1 – Wellbeing of the animals within our care. This area of work encompasses a broad range of issues across three levy streams and multiple stakeholders, including: SCA AHW Levy Streams Australian sheepmeat producers pay a transaction levy on each sheep sold that supports the programs run by Animal Health Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia and National Residue Survey. The SCA AHW portfolio has projects supported by each of these levy streams and service providers. SCA AHW Issues: • Research and Development (R&D) into best practice management tools and techniques can vary from the latest scientific research into parasite control and pain management through to innovative and best practice husbandry techniques and on-farm data usage to boost sheep health, wellbeing and productivity. • Market Access Surveillance and Monitoring encompasses a range of programs from abattoir monitoring through to individual national disease surveillance to underpin market access, inform producers on their flock health, inform best practice husbandry techniques and provide data to SCA to inform strategic, policy and investment decisions. • Biosecurity draws together numerous projects associated with reducing the disease risks faced by the Australian sheepmeat industry while protecting Australia’s unique environment and supporting our trade reputation as a supplier of healthy animals and high quality animal products. • Emergency Animal Disease Preparedness and Response ensures a fast and effective response and return to trade should a disease outbreak occur. • Welfare and wellbeing assists with the development of best practice husbandry techniques and the ability to demonstrate this to the community and consumers. SCA AHW Stakeholders • Animal Health Australia • Livestock and processing industry Peak Industry Councils • Livestock and processing industry service providers • Meat and Livestock Australia • National Farmers Federation • National Residue Survey Australia’s geographical isolation allows it a distinct advantage compared with many of our competitors in relation to animal health, welfare and biosecurity. Sheep Health Project The Sheep Health Project (SHP) officially commenced as a pilot project called the sheep Livestock Production Conditions Project (LPCP) on 1 July 2014. The project was a joint initiative created by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) and WoolProducers (WPA) and project managed by Animal Health Australia. The SHP Steering Committee is made up of key sheep industry stakeholders including SCA, MLA, WoolProducers Australia, Animal Health Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, Australian Livestock and Property Agents, Australian Meat Industry Council and state government representatives. The SHP aims to reduce the financial impacts of endemic diseases and other livestock production conditions on farm productivity and supply chain productivity in Australia. The key objectives of the SHP are to provide a strategic and holistic management approach to address endemic sheep conditions, enhance industry-government collaboration and streamline governance costs. Pre-existing projects incorporated into the SHP include the National OJD Management Plan and the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP). Other projects are to be added as priorities are identified by the Livestock Production Conditions Steering Committee or industries. The NSHMP, which commenced in 2007, monitors lines of adult sheep in abattoirs for animal health conditions that reduce farm profit through productivity losses or increase meat processing wastage. This exciting and important sheep industry program is currently undergoing review to ensure strong producer feedback, alignment with the SISP and SHP and robust data generation that will help guide the future direction of the SCA AHW portfolio.