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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2012
32 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2012 Animal Health Australia Proven partnerships protect markets In all situations, AHA attempts to act to articulate the collective interests of its members and the wider Australian community. The success of the programs also relies on the quality of partnerships between AHA and its members. As one of AHA's member organizations, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) recognises the importance of on-farm biosecurity and emergency preparedness through its close working relationship with AHA on a number of biosecurity and emergency animal disease preparedness and response projects. Export market access and productivity is affected by livestock production diseases such as Ovine Johne's disease (OJD). OJD is a major endemic livestock disease that has proven to be costly to the sheepmeat industry. In 2011 SCA in collaboration with AHA, undertook a national review process of the OJD Management Plan 2007-2012. This was an extensive process involving technical and economic reviews and public consultation, with input from producers, producer organisations, state government officials, agents and veterinarians. As a result of the review process, SCA, WoolProducers Australia (WPA) and AHA will work in partnership throughout 2012 to fully implement the revised OJD program by 1 January, 2013. AHA also coordinates the Sheep Market Assurance Program (SheepMAP), which provides a tool for individual producers to demonstrate a high level of assurance that their flocks are at minimal risk of having Whilst it maintains a relatively low public profle, Animal Health Australia (AHA) is active in supporting livestock production across Australia in several key areas including: biosecurity, surveillance, disease control, livestock welfare, emergency preparedness and response. OJD. SheepMAP promotes the benefits of active biosecurity at individual property and regional levels as a means of managing OJD risk. AHA also has significant emergency response preparedness and response planning programs in place. Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is considered to be one of the biggest risks to Australian livestock industries. FMD would have a devastating impact on the sheepmeat industry, which is why SCA has worked closely with AHA on a review of Australia's FMD response policy. AHA manages the AUSVETPLAN and is currently working with stakeholders to update Australia's response policy for FMD. Following extensive consultation, a revised draft FMD AUSVETPLAN Disease Strategy was published on the AHA website in October 2011 for stakeholder comment. In addition, recommendations from the Matthews Report, 'A review of Australia's preparedness for the threat of foot-and-mouth disease,' are being taken into consideration and will be incorporated where appropriate. AHA will hold a number of workshops with its members to finalise outstanding issues and to complete the FMD response policy review by the end of 2012. Other ongoing AUSVETPLAN work includes updates to the anthrax and bluetongue AUSVETPLAN manuals, which are undergoing formal development and approvals processes prior to publication. SCA is one of six industry members that have been involved with AHA in the development of the Grazing Industries Biosecurity Manual which has been endorsed for circulation. The Manual aims to provide a reference for all producers in the livestock grazing industry so farmers can lower the risk of emergency and endemic diseases occurring on their farm through increased biosecurity. The Manual is a targeted extension program on biosecurity practices and will be backed by supporting material made available through the farm biosecurity website. As a signatory to the EADRA, SCA is committed to developing, maintaining and implementing on-farm biosecurity plans that minimise the risk of disease introduction and spread. As a fellow signatory, AHA supports SCA in fulfilling its obligations. Future work between AHA and SCA will continue to increase Australia's security and preparedness against the introduction of pests, diseases and weeds in sheepmeat production systems. Racheal Finlayson PuBLICATION OFFICER ANIMAL HEALTH AuSTRALIA