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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 NSW Farmers’ Association Over the past year, NSW Farmers’ Association (‘the Association’) has continued to represent NSW beef producers to ensure that they can continue to operate in a fair and profitable environment. T he priority cattle policy areas for the Association include Cattle Health, Animal Welfare, National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), Research & Development (R&D), Food Safety (in particular residue monitoring) and communication with the wider industry. Research and development has been a key focus this past year. R&D is vital to ensure that the industry maintains and improves profitability and sustainability in a global market. This is even more important with the uncertain financial and climatic conditions producers are currently facing. diagnostiC faCilities The Association has raised concerns with the NSW Government regarding the maintenance of Diagnostic Facilities. A number of years ago the NSW Government introduced charging for diagnostic tests unless testing was on an exotic disease. This has resulted in less tests being performed, facilities being run down and a reduction in early notification of disease outbreaks. The Association is pursuing this issue together with veterinary organisations to ensure appropriate resources are available for livestock industries. animal Welfare Animal Welfare continues to be on the minds of all those involved in livestock production. The Association has been working closely with industry in the development of the National Animal Welfare Standards for Cattle to ensure that the result is fair to both producers and the livestock they care for. national livestoCk identifiCation system The Association has been successful in its bid for the reintroduction of the NSW NLIS Consultative Committee. This has meant that cattle producers continue to be involved in the decision making process for NLIS in NSW. effluent The Association is conscious that there are growing concerns associated with the transport of livestock and effluent. The Association is currently investigating ways in which effluent management on trucks can be improved either through stock preparation, treatment to stock prior to transportation and effluent capturing systems. NSWFA Cattle Committee visits Cargill Beef Abattoir in Wagga Wagga. Left to right: Michael O’Brien (NSWFA Cattle Committee), Kevin Himmelberg (Cargill Beef Abattoir), George Sims (NSWFA Cattle Committee), Sam Gunn (NSWFA Cattle Committee), Will Banks (MLA), Peter Dixon-Hughes (NSWFA Cattle Committee) and Richard Chamen (Chair- NSWFA Cattle Committee). 59 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 59 5/5/09 8:01:12 PM