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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 Pastoralists and Graziers S Association of WA With the crippling effect of an increasing wild dog population and the resultant shift from wool to cattle production, together with enormous growth in live export cattle volumes, groups like Cattle Council represent an important body for producers in national policy-making. ince our last report, the PGA has been one of the few rural lobby groups to question the science behind the phenomenon we know as climate change. The organization is opposed to an Emissions Trading Scheme, rather opting for sensible government policy, which will recognise the importance of livestock production in a healthy carbon cycle as we face increased demands to feed a hungry world. NatioNal livestock ideNtificatioN system (Nlis) Although unsuccessful, the PGA was also the sole fighter against further spending of producer funds (through the WA Cattle Industry Compensation Account) on NLIS extension activities beyond 2009, and encourages focus on compliance activities into the future. The PGA has been active in facilitating the use of NLIS technologies to our pastoral membership, with involvement in the NLIS Implementation Working Group, and pushing for accessible education and promotion tools such as CDs and DVDs, which will soon be available to producers to educate them on their requirements with regard to NLIS. Through our work, pastoralists now have greater access to tag reading technology and are learning techniques to make this process more efficient. BluetoNgue coNtrol The PGA has worked on effective systems to eradicate bluetongue on affected properties in the state. The commitment to rid the state of this disease has seen overwhelming support of pastoralists who have provided young homebred cattle for sampling throughout the year. Properties within 100 kilometres of a bluetongue property part of the sampling program. Under nationally agreed rules for bluetongue surveillance, an area that has previously tested positive for bluetongue is required to show no evidence of the virus for two years before it can be considered as a free area. We are seeing more bluetongue-free properties as a result of this herd sampling and zoning. 72 (L-R) Paull Burt, David Robinson, Don Heatley and Rebecca Burt 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 72 5/5/09 8:45:42 PM