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Important changes to Australia’s Biosecurity System

Important changes to Australia’s Biosecurity System came into effect on 16 June 2016 with commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015. The Biosecurity Act replaced the Quarantine Act 1908 and is designed to be flexible and responsive to changes in technology and future challenges. The Act: provides a modern regulatory framework reduces duplication and regulatory impacts […]

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New plan doesn’t kid around with CAE and JD

Two slow acting, insidious and incurable diseases afflict goats: caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) and Johne’s disease (JD). However, the National Kid Rearing Plan offers Australian goat producers actions that provide an alternative to watching animals suffer and counting the cost in lost production and spreading infection. Goat producers can minimise the risk of infection by using the […]

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Terms of Reference: Animal health advocacy for GICA

GICA is seeking a consultant to assist with policy development in the animal health, welfare and biosecurity portfolio (covering Animal Health Australia (AHA) program areas) and the food safety and industry systems portfolio (covering National Residue Survey (NRS) program areas). For more information, please read the Terms of Reference. […]

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Depot registration to support tag free movement of goats

From 1 February 2016, goat depots must be registered to be able to move goats without NLIS tags following an announcement made by Safemeat and GICA. To be able to operate without NLIS tags, goat depot operators must:  ensure the depot PIC is LPA accredited; agree to participate in an annual LPA audit; have a goat […]

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WA Subsidised Disease Investigation Pilot Program

The Subsidised Disease Investigation Pilot Program is delivered by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), as part of the Boosting Biosecurity Defences Project and is funded through the Royalties for Regions program. This pilot program aims to boost Western Australia’s capacity to detect exotic animal diseases early by reducing the cost to […]

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Goat industry maps pathway to prosperity

The Australian goat industry is set to take on-farm practices, production and exports to the next level with the release of a new five-year research and development plan. Developed by the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA), with support from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan 2020 details clear […]

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Evaluating the economic impact of wild dogs in Western Australia

A recent report published by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Assessment of the impact of wild dogs on the Western Australian rangeland goat industry, identifies wild dogs as the major factor currently contributing to a precipitous decline in rangeland goat production in Western Australia.  The report estimates goat losses from wild dogs are worth about […]

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Industry upholding Australia’s “clean” goatmeat image

The National Residue Survey (NRS) is a vital part of the Australian system for managing the risk of chemical residues and environmental contaminants in Australian food products. The NRS supports Australia’s food industry and primary producers by facilitating access to key export markets and confirming Australia’s status as a producer of clean food. In 2013-14, […]

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Have your say by 30 May

What changes would you like to see in the industry in five years’ time? Do you want to know what growth rates to expect from young rangeland animals?  Do you want access to more information about the markets your animals are headed to so you can better select the animals you’re sending to slaughter or […]

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