Animal Health Express | July 2019

Latest news with links to recent reports from Animal Health Australia.

AHA Express – latest news, information and events
ISSUE 41 | JULY 2019



Kathleen Plowman, CEO

The 2018 Animal Health in Australia report is now available! The report provides an annual summary of Australia’s animal health status and system and is a valuable resource for both national and international audiences. It highlights Australia’s commitment to biosecurity and excellent reputation as a producer of safe and healthy animals and animal products. Click here to download the report.

The Sheep Health Declaration has undergone a number of revisions and is now available for use. Read our lead story below to find out about the changes and how they benefit you.

I hope you enjoy reading this month’s edition of Animal Health Express.


‘Buyer beware’ to ‘buyer aware’ – the new Sheep Health Declaration is now available.

Farm Biosecurity, news, 12 July 2019
Buying or selling sheep? The movement of livestock presents one of the biggest risks for spreading disease to new properties and flocks. That is why, when livestock are sold, it is important to also provide any records related to their health and well-being. This assists the new owner in providing the best possible care to those animals in the future and to integrate them into an existing flock.


New ‘fit to load’ guide released

Meat & Livestock Australia, media release, 2 July 2019
The 2019 edition of the national guide, Is the animal fit to load?, includes new content to ensure best practice animal welfare when preparing, loading and delivering cattle, sheep and goats.


2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards

Landcare Australia, media release
Landcare Australia is inviting nominations for the 2019 State and Territory Landcare Awards which recognises individuals and groups across the country for their outstanding contributions to preserving the unique Australian landscape.


SMARTBEEF 2019 registrations now open

Australian Lot Feeders’ Association, media release, 5 July 2019
Registrations are now open for the grain fed beef industry’s premier technical event, SMARTBEEF 2019, to be held over two jam-packed days from 2 to 4 October at Dalby Events Centre on Queensland’s Darling Downs.


Roma hosts FMD stock standstill exercise

Brendan Wade, Queensland Country Life, 8 July 2019
Australia’s worldwide reputation as a reliable supplier of safe, risk-free agricultural produce just didn’t happen by good luck. It came about by implementing fully actionable protocols that are of the highest standard anywhere in the world.


Breaking down barriers to a more innovative poultry industry

Small Farms, news, 16 July 2019
Taking a more proactive approach to regulation, research and education is the only way to ensure the Australian poultry industry is at the forefront of innovation, particularly while issues such as animal welfare and biosecurity are seen as the catalyst for practice change.


AAPSP Roadshow is back for 2019

The Australian Animal Pathology Standards Program is pleased to welcome Dr Francisco Uzal to Australia for the 2019 Annual Pathology Roadshow. Dr Uzal is Professor of Diagnostic Pathology and Chief of the San Bernardino branch of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, UC Davis.


Call for applications for funding in 2020 – Individual Travel Fellowship Awards and International Conference Sponsorship

OECD Co-operative Research Programme
Are you organising a conference or workshop on state-of-the-art research issues in agriculture, food, fisheries or forests in 2020? Or would you like to spend time working with researchers in another country to help your research project? If so, the OECD CRP would welcome an application from you.

Making deer fair game for unlicensed hunting is the right step for New South Wales

The Conversation, 15 July 2019
The NSW government last week revealed plans to ease shooting restrictions on feral deer. If the plans go ahead, deer will be stripped of their status as a game animal and will no longer be afforded protection under the state’s animal control laws.

Call to tackle biosecurity threats

Southern Riverina News, 10 July 2019
Two recent reports on the state of biosecurity operations in Australia have highlighted the need for agencies to better respond to biosecurity risk and for adequate investment in detection systems, according to the NSW Farmers Biosecurity Committee.


15-16 August – Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium 2019
The two-day Plant Biosecurity Research Symposium will showcase current plant biosecurity research supported by the PBRI member organisations and delivered by a large range of research teams in Australia. This includes research on pests, diseases and weeds affecting plant production systems and surrounding environments.

23-25 August – Australian Alpaca Association 2019 National Show
The official national show for Australia’s alpaca industry is taking place in the nation’s capital. Bringing together producers, showers and the public alike for a wonderful three days of alpaca showing and education.

25-29 October – 22nd Australiasian Weeds Conference
The 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference (AWC2020) is an international weed management platform that aims to share the latest information and resources to minimise the impacts of weeds on our economy, environment and society.

4-7 May – 18th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
The Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference has a long and prestigious history as one of the region’s keystone biosecurity related conferences bringing together practitioners, researchers, wildlife managers and policy advisors to network, share their stories and discuss the future of vertebrate pest management in Australia and beyond.

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