Expressions of interest extended for National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy

Sheep Producers Australia, in conjunction with Wool Producers Australia, has extended the expressions of interest period for the National Sheep Industry Biosecurity Strategy. Proposals are due by 5pm Wednesday 20 December, 2017.

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.

Contact Stephen Crisp, Sheep Producers Australia, for further details of the project at [email protected]

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