New part­ner­ship en­sures strength in live­stock biose­cu­rity

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - LIVESTOCK -

AF­TER a three-year pi­lot pe­riod, Live­stock Biose­cu­rity Net­work (LBN) is now a sub­sidiary of An­i­mal Health Aus­tralia (AHA) start­ing a new phase of biose­cu­rity ed­u­ca­tions and ex­ten­sion for the na­tion’s live­stock in­dus­tries.

The new part­ner­ship is also sup­ported by LBN’s pri­mary fun­der, Cat­tle Council of Aus­tralia and ac­cord­ing to LBN in­terim chair Hamish Munro, is con­fir­ma­tion of the depth and qual­ity of work un­der­taken by LBN dur­ing the three-year pi­lot pe­riod.

“LBN has made real in­roads into bet­ter pre­par­ing Aus­tralia’s live­stock in­dus­tries to man­age biose­cu­rity risk,” he said.

“The tran­si­tion to a sub­sidiary com­pany of AHA will al­low great op­por­tu­ni­ties and syn­er­gies, par­tic­u­larly for the beef cat­tle in­dus­try, but all mixed farm­ing oper­a­tions will ben­e­fit un­der the new part­ner­ship model.”

As a sub­sidiary of AHA, LBN will con­tinue to work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with both in­dus­try and gov­ern­ments to en­sure Aus­tralian live­stock pro­duc­ers’ on farm biose­cu­rity prac­tices con­tinue to pro­vide the ev­i­dence that sup­ports Aus­tralia’s strong global trad­ing po­si­tion.

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