Animal health, welfare, biosecurity and environment committee
Policy advice and recommendations on the grassfed beef industry’s activities associated with animal health, welfare and biosecurity, with a focus on:
- continuous improvement of animal welfare
- continuous improvement of disease control for both exotic and endemic diseases.
- Strategic direction and oversight of all industry service provider programs that involve grassfed levy expenditure in relation to animal, health welfare and biosecurity.
- Advice and assistance in the development strategic direction and oversight of programs to enhance the standing and perception of the grassfed beef industry within the community.
- Addressing increased public interest in animal welfare and environmental impact of beef production.
- The manner in which the beef industry improves the level and consistency of our engagement with the community in setting welfare and environmental standards.
- Disease control for both exotic and endemic diseases.
- The committee’s activities align with the three ‘Imperatives’ from the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP) and the Beef Industry Strategic Plan (BISP2020).
The committee provides:
- policy advice and recommendations to the Cattle Councils Board
- involvement in MLA and AHA program and planning issues.
- The committee works with the Australian government to develop nationally consistent policies that enhance national animal welfare arrangements.
- The committee meets regularly via teleconference and four times per year in person.
- One representative from each state farming organisation member of the Cattle Council
- Direct members selected by the board after nominating at the CCA AGM
- Members appointed by Cattle Council’s Board on the basis of specific knowledge or expertise
Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines
Nationally consistent standards and guidelines for the welfare of livestock are being, or have been, developed co-operatively by government and livestock industries. The welfare standards and guidelines are based on the revision of the Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals.
The welfare standards and guidelines for livestock streamline livestock welfare legislation in Australia, ensuring that it is practical for industry and results in improved welfare outcomes.
Australian producers have always been aware of their responsibilities for livestock welfare; however, increasing awareness among consumers is placing significant pressure on our livestock industries to improve animal welfare. The development of welfare standards and guidelines underpins access to overseas markets and reinforces Australia's international leadership in livestock welfare. Without such change Australia risks losing consumer confidence and significant national and international markets.
Further information on the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines is available here http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/
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