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Shirley Turner, Kevin Duff, John Coward, Deb Kerr, Jonathan Lee and Allison Crook at the recent African swine fever workshop inToowoomba.
African swine fever workshop prepares Queensland producers
BIOSECURITY Queensland recently hosted a workshop fo- cused on African swine fever preparedness to en- sure Queensland is well equipped to respond in the event of ASF reach- ing our shores.
Australia is in the fa- vourable position of being free from ASF, however recent incidents in East- ern Europe and Asia are a reminder it can spread quickly.
A round 50 people at- tended the workshop in- cluding pork industry representatives, pig pro- ducers, abattoir opera- tors, nutritionists and feed companies.
Topics discussed at the event included the dis- ease, the risk to Australia, the response in place un- der the AUSVETPLAN, surveillance, destruction and disposal and diagnos- tic testing.
Australian Pork Lim- ited General Manager of Policy Deb Kerr delivered a presentation on the in- dustry perspective of the Emergency Animal Dis- ease Response Agreement and also talked about live- stock movement arrange- ments.
Biosecurity Queensland veterinarian Sandy Adsett co-ordinated the meeting and said ASF would dev- astate Queensland’s pork industry.
“ASF is highly conta- gious and up to 100 per- cent of affected pigs may die as a result,” Sandy said.
“The workshop brought key people together to dis- cuss what would actually happen in Queensland in an ASF emergency re- sponse and it was great to see this level of collabora- tion from government and industry.
“A big thankyou to Sara
Willis from Agri-Science Queensland for helping co-ordinate the workshop and ensuring it was a suc- cess.”
Dr Allison Crook, Chief Veterinary Officer and General Manager of Ani- mal Biosecurity and Wel- fare attended the work- shop.
“ASF is an emerging threat and it’s important Queensland is well pre- pared to respond to emer- gency animal diseases such as this,” Allison said.
“Measures are in place at a federal level to pro- tect Australia from ASF,
including not importing fresh pork, but if there was an ASF incident in Australia a rapid, co-or- dinated response would be key.
“That’s why prepared- ness activities like this one are so important.”
Future preparedness plans include holding an on-farm emergency ani- mal disease exercise fo- cused on ASF.
Biosecurity Queensland has also formed an ASF Working Group to en- sure ASF preparedness in Queensland.
Results are based on typical progeny growth performance achieved using Primegro Genetics grown under a high health environment and fed using the Rivalea Nutritional Program.
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Deb Kerr, Jonathan Lee and Allison Crook engaged with attendees.
Biosecurity Queensland Principal Veterinary Officer Jonathan Lee
How times have changed.

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