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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2012
14 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2012 The livestock export industry saw the implementation of tranche one in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Turkey come and go without significant trade implications, but identified that there needs to be continued efforts, including by Sheepmeat Council, to remain active in these markets, and to also turn attention to tranche two markets. Implementation of the ESCAS framework will provide the livestock export industry with a long term future. The Australian Government, producers, exporters and importers are all committed to ESCAS and improving animal welfare. We will continue to work with our industry partners and the Australian Government to overcome any hurdles that arise during its implementation. Livestock Exports Following the Government intervention into the live export trade last year and the subsequent adoption of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), Sheepmeat Council has strongly supported the adoption of these new requirements. This is being achieved through the development and extension of Standard Operating Procedures that align with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) animal welfare requirements. This support includes training, education and technical advice developed by industry and delivered by locally based animal welfare officers. The Sheepmeat Council President and CEO were part of a delegation to the Middle East, led by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon. Joe Ludwig, to assist importing countries gain a better understanding of the ESCAS being implemented across all supply chains processing Australian livestock. SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL Animal Health and Welfare Sheepmeat Council is committed to improving on-farm animal health and welfare, important for many reasons including maintaining and improving access to key markets. Sheepmeat Council represents industry on a broad range of national animal health and welfare committees and employs a fulltime Senior Animal Health and Welfare Policy Officer. In the past 12 months, Sheepmeat Council has been working closely with Animal Health Australia and WoolProducers Australia to review the national Ovine Johne's Disease Management Plan 2007-2012. Details of the review can be seen on page 20 Sheepmeat Council resumed their involvement in the development of the new The Australian Government, producers, exporters and importers are all committed to the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) and improving animal welfare.