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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2013
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2013 13 Early detection of a potential FMD outbreak in Australia particularly in higher density livestock areas is vital to limit the spread of infection and minimise the potential animal health, social and economic impacts of the disease. Industry invests in maintaining access to stocks of vaccine as a critical component of Australia's preparedness to respond to an outbreak of FMD in this country. The vaccine bank would allow Australia to respond quickly to an outbreak. Bluetongue Bluetongue is an insect-borne disease, primarily of sheep, but goats, cattle, buffalo, camels, antelopes and deer, can be infected. The disease is not contagious and is only transmitted by midges of the Culicoides genus. Evidence of bluetongue virus infection (antibodies) have been found in cattle and in farmed and feral deer in many areas of Australia, but not in the major sheep- growing areas. Humans are not affected. The incidence and geographical distribution of bluetongue depends on seasonal conditions, the presence of the vectors, and the availability of susceptible animals. The National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) is jointly funded by its primary beneficiaries, including the cattle, sheep and goat industries, livestock exporters, and the state, territory and Australian governments. The program aims to support trade, through early warning and risk management by detecting changes in seasonal distribution. The program enables the Australian Government to certify to trading partners that ruminants are sourced for areas that are free from important arboviruses. Sheep Pox Capripox viruses cause sheeppox, goatpox and lumpy skin disease of cattle, which are the most serious poxvirus diseases of production animals. Although the risk of these diseases entering Australia is considered low (Australia has never had an outbreak), the potential economic impact of an incursion would be considerable; for sheeppox, for example, it would likely be second only to that anticipated following an introduction of Foot and Mouth Disease. Contributing factors would include the resultant disruption to trade in livestock and livestock products (meat, leather and wool), the impact of the diseases on animal health and welfare, and costs associated with disease control and eradication. Emergency Animal Disease preparedness and training Sheepmeat Council is a signatory to the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA). This is the cost sharing agreement between livestock industry bodies and the State and Commonwealth Governments. In the event of an Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) incursion, government officers, livestock producers, private veterinary practitioners and emergency workers would be called upon to help eradicate or control the disease. SCA represents producers' interests during policy decisions in preparation for an outbreak. SCA funds a training program for EAD response to educate personnel in the Australian livestock industries in preparation for performing the response roles. Livestock Biosecurity Network SCA, alongside Cattle Council of Australia and WoolProducers Australia, has supported the development of the Livestock Bioseucrity Network (LBN). The LBN will involve biosecurity extension officers in each state and territory helping to raise awareness on animal health, welfare and biosecurity issues. The network will increase coordination between peak councils, state farming organisations and government agencies. General Surveillance programs The National Significant Disease Investigation (NSDI) Program, managed by AHA commenced in June 2009 and supports investigation of diseases across Australia annually. The program is funded from the livestock industry including SCA and government and aims to boost Australia's capacity for the early detection of emerging and emergency animal diseases by recruiting greater participation of veterinary practitioners in disease investigations. The National Sheep Health Monitoring Project (NSHMP) commenced in 2007 and monitors lines of adult sheep in abattoirs for a number of important animal health conditions that reduce farm profit through productivity losses or wastage in meat processing plants through condemnations. INVESTING IN ANIMAL HEALTH