Call for sheep industry biosecurity strategy proposals

SELX-Sheep-17-MayExpressions of interest have been extended for the National Sheep Industries Biosecurity Strategy with proposals due by December 20.

The National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy will build the awareness and capacity of Australia’s sheep and wool producers to protect their properties and animals from the entry and spread of pests, disease and weeds.

The Strategy will facilitate the improvement of sound on-farm biosecurity measures while enhancing Australia’s reputation as a producer of food and fibre that is safe and ethically produced.

More broadly, an effective biosecurity strategy provides an environmental and economic benefit, and consequently a public good, through higher levels of awareness, surveillance and improved response arrangements that reduces the impact and cost of a disease or pest incursion.

The development of the Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy provides an opportunity to review existing programs and tools that make up and contribute to the National biosecurity system and align them to form the basis of an effective biosecurity system that can be implemented by sheep producers while enhancing the credentials of the supply chain.

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