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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
41 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA Opportunities to host an experienced farm worker from Europe, South Africa and North & South America or travel & work overseas yourself Applicants are 19-28, single and experienced in livestock, crops, dairy, horses, horticulture and home management. FREECALL us for more info on 1800 815 123 email: email@example.com web: www.ire.org.au INTERNATIONAL RURAL EXCHANGE IRE -- Good value, good contacts -- JUST GO FOR IT! TAKE CONTROL CONSTRUCT YOUR FEEDLOT USING OUR 20 YEARS OF KNOW-HOW & PROVEN PRODUCTS 1989-2009 QUALITY PRODUCTS BUILT TO WITHSTAND OUR HARSH AUSSIE ENVIRONMENT CHINCHILLA TANK CENTRE B/H (07) 4662 7427 GRAHAM SENG 0427 627 427 ALL HOURS Introducing the CTC 6 metre Precast Maxi Feedbunk • High volume bunks suited to single daily feeding with high silage rations • Sloping walls push feed towards cattle • Bunk profle designed utilising professional nutritionalist advice • Elevated bunk foor means aprons can be poured on top of earthworks – no cutting down required • Bolt on posts to ft bunks also supplied (pre-fabricated in our workshop) Eliminate costly concrete wastage that can occur with on-site bunk construction. 300 lineal metres can be easily placed daily FAST -- EASY -- RELIABLE Polycrete Cup & Saucer A VALUABLE ADVANCEMENT IN STOCK WATERING MANAGEMENT We now offer a full range of heavy duty poly tanks, concrete troughs & aprons, and pre-cast & onsite feedlot products Over 20 years in business -- quality, reliable products & service • AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY • Heavier and stronger • Computer aided engineer design • Only additional requirement – external plumbing THE BSE DEBATE Following MISP3, the next major issue for RMAC over the past 12 months involved the decision by the Federal Government to allow countries that have experienced Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) to apply for beef-export permits to Australia. Considerable public concern and, in some cases, outrage followed the Government's announcement. Much of this was quelled after extensive media coverage, particularly given producer representative bodies, including RMAC, supported the Government's decision. International trade rules, to which Australia is a signatory, require trade to occur unless sound science can be used to prove unacceptable risk. In this case the science from around the world is overwhelming in its support for trade occurring, provided strict health and hygiene measures are enforced. For food-safety reasons it was appropriate for the Government to insist on applications being thoroughly analysed by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand; this included a right for authorities to visit the exporting country to verify any claims made about processes and an insistence that cattle identification is at least equivalent to ours in its ability to deliver full traceability of animals and their cohorts within 48 hours. One significant step in this debate was the Federal Minister for Agriculture launching formal Import Risk Analyses (IRAs); these analyses are used for checking on risks posed by the trade to the health of our cattle. The Minister chose to adopt a belt-and-braces approach by enlisting Biosecurity Australia to conduct these IRAs. In March 2010, IRAs commenced for the US, Canada and Japan; in the absence of delays, this process is required to be completed in less than two years. It is likely the political debate will resume then. (Following an outbreak of foot- and-mouth disease in Japan since its application, 'stop- the-clock' provisions have been invoked for the IRA of beef from that country, meaning there will be an extension to the two-year timeframe for Japanese product.) One thing is certain: Australia is at far greater risk of experiencing a spontaneous case of BSE within our own herd than being infected through imported product. If a spontaneous case does turn up, we'd expect to be treated fairly by our trade partners on whom we so heavily depend; it is therefore only reasonable that we treat them fairly now. Justin Toohey Secretary Red Meat Advisory Council Ltd