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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 71 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 JaMeS pOINT The pga and industry continue to pressure both State and Federal governments to resolve the issue of an alternative livestock port for Fremantle. The live export industry continues to support the Liberal government’s backing for an alternative export port in the Kwinana industrial area. This also has the support of the RSpCa, and the pga has met with Minister Chance to constantly reinforce the present government’s requirement to provide a better alternative that suits the changing commercial, industrial and residential requirements of Fremantle. veTeRINaRY SURgeON’S BOaRD a submission from the pga resulted in the Board acknowledging that pregnancy testing is not an act of veterinary surgery, and sufficiently trained people who understand the welfare risks of pregnancy testing may now carry out this process. The pga for live export is working with the Board to provide a simple logistical process whereby accreditation can be given to experienced pregnancy testers so that cattle for live export can be efficiently tested prior to loading. BeeF INDUSTRY STOCKTaKe With record-low prices being paid at the farm gate for red meat that is at record retail price, urgent industry action was taken with other farm groups to identify reasons for the imbalance. an application was successful for Federal funding into a research program to identify discrepancies in the supply chain of Western australian red meat. However, with the change of government, the industry was not successful in securing this grant. The best alternative was for the pga and WaFarmers to write a submission to the aCCC on behalf of all red meat producers in W.a. a producers meeting was held in Bunbury in November, where nearly 400 people came to air their concerns on farm gate prices for beef. Included in this gathering were processors, lobby groups and government representatives. a series of motions was carried, including the formation of the Read Meat action group, which has started to take immediate action in improving the marketing efforts of meat to the Western australian consumer. FOOT aND MOUTH DISeaSe Tim D’arcy and professor John edwards, Dean of the School of veterinary Science at Murdoch University, put forward a submission to Cattle Council to establish an FMD vaccination development facility in Thailand. Thailand is endemic to FMD, and such a facility would create quick access to a vaccine without having to have a live virus in this country. This would also assist in ensuring the continuing freedom from FMD in Indonesia, which is crucial to the australian live export industry. The United Kingdom outbreak mid-year showed that the industry must use resources available in order to take immediate action against the disease.