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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 eu status for tasmania The European Union will not accept Australian beef unless it meets certain production requirements. These requirements include: • individual animal identification for trace-back of cattle slaughtered for the EU market, and • the beef being from cattle that have not been treated with hormonal growth promotants. There are about 300 accredited EU beef producers in Tasmania. The TFGA Meat Council discussed if a whole-of-state EU-accredited status would benefit Tasmanian beef producers. The recommendation from the meeting was to promote the benefits of EU status and develop an education program for producers on the accreditation program. pestivirus Bovine pestivirus, which is also known as bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) and mucosal disease virus, causes significant losses in Australia’s beef and dairy herds. The virus is spread by close contact (nose-to-nose) between cattle. The Meat Council has recommended a discussion paper be developed to examine ways to eradicate bovine pestivirus from Tasmanian herds. Paul Saward Meat Council, TFGA Cattle Council Executive 69 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 69 5/5/09 8:01:29 PM