Tech push for an­i­mal wel­fare

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK -

Aus­tralia’s peak live ex­port de­vel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion has ratch­eted up calls for greater em­pha­sis on tech­nol­ogy and sci­en­tific re­search to bol­ster an­i­mal wel­fare stan­dards on voy­ages.

LiveCorp chair­man Terry En­right, a Mt Barker farmer, la­belled chal­lenges faced by the live ex­port in­dus­try in the past six months as “enor­mous and un­prece­dented” in his ad­dress in the group’s 2017-18 an­nual re­port.

In the doc­u­ment, re­leased last Fri­day, Mr En­right said LiveCorp had acted swiftly to re­assess its re­search port­fo­lio to ad­vance projects which could im­prove the heat stress risk as­sess­ment model.

“Now more than ever, the avail­abil­ity and fo­cus of our ded­i­cated live­stock ex­port re­search pro­gram and the role of LiveCorp are prov­ing crit­i­cal,” he said.

“LiveCorp recog­nises the need for the in­dus­try to ur­gently build stronger, more trans­par­ent foun­da­tions and to unite on its longert­erm re­form and vi­sion for the fu­ture.”

The lat­est an­nual re­port re­leased co­in­cides with LiveCorp’s two-day an­nual gen­eral meet­ing and in­dus­try meet­ings, which started in Ade­laide yes­ter­day and con­cludes to­day.

LiveCorp’s re­search and de­vel­op­ment chan­nels more than 70 per cent of its in­vest­ment in an­i­mal wel­fare ef­forts to sup­port the con­tin­u­ous improve­ment of live­stock health in the sup­ply chain.

About 20 per cent of the funds is fo­cused at projects to en­hance the live­stock ex­port in­dus­try’s sup­ply chain ca­pa­bil­ity and risk man­age­ment pro­file.

LiveCorp chief ex­ec­u­tive Sam Brown echoed Mr En­right and said the live ex­port in­dus­try needed to demon­strate an abil­ity to meet com­mu­nity ex­pec­ta­tions on an­i­mal wel­fare.

“Re­form is some­thing the in­dus­try must get right for the sus­tain­able fu­ture of the trade and it is some­thing the in­dus­try and ev­ery ex­porter needs to own and carry for­ward,” he said.

“Im­por­tant progress has been made across a range of new and in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to ad­dress the is­sue of on-board heat stress, along with new meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies to mon­i­tor, record and re­port an­i­mal wel­fare mea­sures.”

Pic­ture: Keryl En­right

Terry En­right

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