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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 70 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 animal welfare continues to dominate the focus on the livestock industries in this state. Farmers and lobby groups such as the pga have proactively accommodated changes to farm activity to adapt to increased consumer interest in livestock production. The pga continues to work hard at improving the live export delivery process, whilst ensuring that farms can remain profitable under increased costs and poor seasonal conditions. pastoralists and graziers association of Wa aNIMaL WeLFaRe DeveLOpMeNTS IN 2007 The pga remains dedicated to: • Liasing with animal welfare groups, such as the RSpCa and animal angels, to create achievable guidelines for all animal welfare practices and communicate these benefits to the wider public. • Working with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Livecorp to ensure producers and feedlotters provide the best quality and conditions for animals for transport on ships. • The formation of the National review of livestock transport guidelines. • Using the benefits of scientific research to quantify animal welfare on-farm and in live export delivery. • Animal Welfare legislation. Legislation and processes will be conducted under the Western australian Livestock Welfare Reference group (WaLWRg). The Department of agriculture and Food Western australia (DaFWa) will now administer the legislation in relation to farm animals, previously an undertaking of the Department of Local government and Regional Development. SaLeYaRDS The sale of part of the Midland yards for close to $70 million will hopefully guarantee the Muchea project can be fully funded and can upgrade and renew regional saleyard centres. The pga continues to advise the government of the importance of regional saleyards and is working on the final planning stages for the infrastructure at Muchea.