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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 54 As in previous years, the collaborative nature of our dealings with our Members, Federal, State and Territory Governments and major terrestrial livestock industries, including our close working relationship with CCA, continue to underpin the success of AHA activities. Key AHA accomplishments undertaken over the past 12 months, of particular relevance to the CCA, include: Keeping vital market access open Funding for the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP) was increased leading to a significant boost to program integrity and, importantly, helped to both achieve and maintain international market expansion for Australian livestock and products, including crucial markets such as China. NAMP monitors the distribution of economically important arboviruses (i.e . insect-borne viruses) of livestock and their vectors in Australia. The monitoring of these viruses, particularly bluetongue, supports Australia’s trade in cattle. The NAMP bluetongue zone map was also updated, providing support to the Australian Government to enable it to manage its livestock export protocols. Farm biosecurity The strategic purpose of AHA’s biosecurity projects is to strengthen awareness of the value and need for on-farm biosecurity practices and to provide tools for tracing and assessment of risks associated with the movement of livestock. A crucial milestone in the area of farm biosecurity was the 100 % completion rate of industry Members in introducing farm biosecurity manuals for their respective sectors – a significant achievement and a clear indication of the industry’s commitment to biosecurity. The manuals can be found at www.farmbiosecurity.com.au. Shaping a national approach to managing BJD Another AHA led project included the review of the National BJD Strategic Plan, bringing together Australian Animal Health Australia Animal Health Australia (AHA) has continued to align with its ethos – Working together for animal health – when delivering our services, projects and programs. . livestock industries, government and the veterinary professionals to help determine the future of Bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) management in Australia. The review process enabled multiple opportunities for interested stakeholders to provide input into how the Australian cattle industry (beef, dairy and feedlot) and governments will manage BJD into the future. The process kicked off with a National BJD Forum held earlier in the year, followed by a number of meetings and public consultations – allowing numerous opportunities to provide feedback. Once a way forward has been agreed, the National BJD Steering Committee will need to implement the strategy. The current timeline for implementation is February 2016. Additional information about this project can be found at www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au. Enhancing cattle welfare The development of the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle and sheep and the finalisation of the Land Transport Standards and Guidelines were also substantial accomplishments. Once again, the development of both guidelines was brought about through industry and government collaboration. The guidelines can be downloaded at www.animalwelfarestandards. It’s by working together through strong and enduring partnerships, that our common goal and commitment to the enhancement and security of the Australian animal health system is continually strived for. To learn more about AHA activities please visit www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au. KATHLEEN PLOWMAN CEO, Animal Health Australia