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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2011
27 to implement a control and/or eradication plan; and a research and development program for industry to increase its understanding of the disease and improve the tools at its disposal for management and/or eradication of the disease. For the grass-fed cattle sector, the bovine JD program is by far the most expensive in its portfolio of disease programs, reflecting the seriousness with which the disease is taken. ANIMAL WELFARE Industry and governments continue to push towards the development and implementation of animal welfare standards to replace the out-dated voluntary codes that have been in place for over 25 years. The drafting of cattle and sheep Standards and Guidelines (S&Gs) is currently nearing completion. Progress on the development of cattle and sheep S&Gs stalled in late 2010 because of a view by relevant industry bodies, including Cattle Council, that the Tasmanian Government was failing to honour an agreement by all governments for national harmonisation of legislative outcomes. For industry, ‘harmonisation’ essentially means that livestock can be moved anywhere in Australia without being encumbered by differing animal-welfare laws across borders. AHA convened a high-level workshop in March 2011 where friction points were discussed and resolutions found. Negotiations involving industry, government and animal- welfare representatives should now resume, with the aim of implementing appropriate legislation some time in 2012. Justin Toohey Animal Health and Welfare Adviser Cattle Council of Australia SERVICING ALL OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND AND NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES CHINCHILLA O419 787 909 • NAMBOUR (07) 5441 4644 MALENY (07) 5494 3255 • GYMPIE (07) 5482 9911 BEERWAH (07) 5494 6166 • GRAFTON (02) 6642 7495 For the design, supply and installation of “Valley” centre pivots, “Solco” solar pumps, all bore and dam pumps plus all other water supply requirements, The Pump House provides a complete water and irrigation service for Cattle Farmers. From Tamworth to Coffs Harbour, north to Rockhampton and all the way to Emerald, The Pump House services Cattle Farmers in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. UMB10667 MAKE THE MOST OF IT WATER Total Water Pumping Solutions Fhdi l T www.thepumphouse.com.au