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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
13 David Inall Executive Director Cattle Council of Australia Wild Dog Bait Trust the proven performers • Simple & Effective to Use • Prevent Injury & Loss to Livestock • Preserve Australian Wildlife DOGGONE® is a restricted agricultural product and is ONLY available from approved suppliers: Vic: Accredited Rural Merchants NSW: Regional LH&PA Offices QLD: Local Government Pest Officers SA: Natural Resources Mngmt Board WA: Approved Rural Merchants N T: Approved Rural Merchants Excellence in Pest Animal Management DOGGONE® DOGGONE® Animal Control Technologies Australia Pty Ltd Phone: 03 9308 9688 Fax: 03 9308 9622 Email: email@example.com Further information at www.animalcontrol.com.au In April 2010, Australia hosted an international FMD symposium, drawing together representatives from 29 countries, a number of whom have considerable experience in living with FMD. The symposium underlined the need for all governments to at least maintain, if not improve, their investment in biosecurity. While industry is willing to make its contribution, the wider benefits in protecting Australia's livestock industries and our food security should be recognised. At this Symposium, industry and government announced a new $5 million dollar investment program to research vulnerabilities in Australia's readiness to control FMD. The United Kingdom's serious FMD incident in 2001 reminded the world, in particular those countries presently free of the disease, of the need to be fully prepared. Cattle Council remains strongly opposed to using the live virus for research in Australia. Therefore, a key component of this new research work will be to test a range of vaccination-related strategies in countries that already have the virus in their herds. Animal health program management and delivery comprises a complex intertwining of funding responsibilities, most importantly via the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement. Cattle Council's relationship with Animal Health Australia is critical to this process as we oversee the use of industry levy funds that are directed to those issues around animal health and welfare. Australia cannot rest on its laurels. We must remain ever- vigilant in the fight to maintain our excellent biosecurity status. Cattle Council remains fully committed to delivering a 'rock-solid' approach to biosecurity, hence delivering a tangible outcome for beef producers, not to mention the significant economic and social benefit to 'Australia Inc.' FMD: no thanks!.