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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2015 2016
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2015-16 37 ANIMAL HEALTH & WELFARE • State Farm Organisations • State and Federal Government Departments Sheepmeat industry Animal Health, Welfare & Biosecurity R,D&A Investment Plan (2015-20) Given the complexity of issues, funding streams and stakeholders encompassed by the SCA AHW portfolio, and with the launch of the SISP 2020 in September 2015, SCA commenced the development of the Sheepmeat Industry Animal Health, Welfare & Biosecurity R,D&A Investment Plan (2015-20) in October 2015. The plan aims to provide greater detail than the SISP 2020, as well as a portfolio view on the sheepmeat industry’s investments across AHW. It also seeks to maximise collaboration and minimise duplication between SCA, AHA, MLA and NRS. Just as importantly, it is hoped that the plan will provide a basis for alignment between AHW activities under SISP 2020 and those of corresponding strategic plans in the wool and meat processing sectors, along with the suite of RD&E plans falling under the National Primary Industries RD&E Framework. The framework will include the National Sheepmeat Production RD&E Strategy, National Animal Biosecurity RD&E Strategy (cross-sectoral) and Animal Welfare RD&E Strategy (cross-sectoral). Key Sheepmeat Industry Initiatives: Animal Health Australia A key levy stream within the SCA AHW portfolio is managed by Animal Health Australia (AHA). AHA coordinates and manages more than 60 national projects relating to animal biosecurity, health and welfare on behalf of its members, the Australian Government, state and territory governments and the peak national councils of Australia’s livestock industries and service providers. SCA provides the ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE National Livestock Identification System – Why is it important and why should you comply? Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) is committed to strengthening the national sheep and goat traceability system, which is a critical component of Australia’s world-class food safety system and is essential to industry’s market access. The current visual mob-based National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tagging system for sheep and goats is simple, cost-effective, well-accepted by industry and has demonstrated increased producer compliance with the assistance of continued extension and compliance activities. These activities have been undertaken collaboratively by industry and state governments. For mob-based movements, as the animals move along the supply chain, their movement details are recorded on the database. The species and number of animals in each mob is recorded, together with the PICs that the animals moved onto and their dates of movement. A record of each PIC that a mob resides on is stored on the NLIS database to establish a history of a mob’s residency. Using this information, the NLIS database is then able to determine which other mobs a mob or sheep or goats has come into contact with. This enables the mob to be traced quickly for the purposes of biosecurity, food safety, product integrity and market access. NLIS is essential to underpin and protect our product integrity and access to all markets. The NLIS must be able to meet a set of National Traceability Standards to ensure a rapid response to a livestock disease such as Foot & Mouth Disease or a food safety incident. Recent audits have indicated that the system is not providing an acceptable level of traceability, nor meeting some of the requirements of our international trading partners. If the current mob-based visual system is not improved, industry will be pressured from government regulators, buyers or our international markets to find alternative solutions to meet the traceability standards, such as a mandatory individual RFID tagging system. There are two areas requiring urgent improved producer compliance: 1. the need to accurately fill out the movement documentation (including recording of non-vendor-bred PICs); and 2. property-to-property transfers on the NLIS database. The Australian sheep, lamb and goat industries are now heavily export- oriented. It is critical for industry to have a product integrity and traceability system that meets the standards expected by our international trading partners. Further information on NLIS can be found at: http://www.mla.com.au/ Meat- safety-and-traceability/National-Livestock-Identification-System/N LIS-sheep- and-goats