• Hannah Phillips

Cattle Producers to Limit Losses from Endemic Disease


By the end of 2019 beef cattle producers right across Australia will be receiving tailored information and resources for tackling disease priorities, which decrease profitability and threaten market access.

The Grazing Beef Cattle Industry Structured Surveillance Study - a new project implemented by Animal Health Australia (AHA) and supported by Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) – will be trialling new approaches to collecting data on animal health, in hopes to support trade and production in the grass-fed beef sector.


The information will be used to guide cattle producers to improve on their on-farm biosecurity management strategies according to Cattle Council’s CEO, Margo Andrae.

“By drawing the link between strong farm biosecurity practices and production impacts of endemic

disease, we can demonstrate the value of implementing a biosecurity plan at the farm level,” said Ms

Andrae.

“Data will be collected to identify which diseases are having the greatest impact in a given region,

informing delivery of tailored biosecurity information and resources and empowering producers to focus

their biosecurity plan on their greatest risks.”

The project will have funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper investment, the study involves inspecting cattle processed at participating abattoirs for evidence of endemic disease.

From the data received it will help show that Australia is free from animal of importance to international trade and determine the impact of diseases on production.

The surveillance data collected from the project is of critical importance to maintain and improve access to international trade and is expected to help producers reduce the impacts of disease on their enterprises, said Kathleen Plowman, AHA’s CEO.

“This data will complement existing surveillance programs, which underpin our claims of freedom. So if you’re a cattle producer and are contacted to participate, we strongly encourage you to take part,” Ms

Plowman said.

The study will run until the end of 2019, when it will be assessed for its suitability as an ongoing program.

Visit Animal Health Australia or Cattle Council of Australia for more information.


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