Launch of Australia’s first National Lumpy Skin Action Plan
PCC and NTLEA Vice President Brooke Barkla Patrick Underwood with Federal Agriculture Minister Murray Watt at the Berrimah Export Facility in Darwin on Thursday.
THE federal government launched the first National Lumpy Skin Sickness Action plan designed to strengthen efforts to prevent, detect, prepare for and respond to any incursion.
Lumpy skin sickness (LSD) is an important sickness threat to the Australian livestock industry, causing a significant amount of milk
The cost of an incursion would result in serious economic losses to Australian farmers and our meat processing sector.
Since 2019, the sickness spread through China, Vietnam, Thailand and
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Murray Watt said that given the recent spread of LSD in the region, we owe it to the Australian cattle and buffalo industries to be increasingly vigilant.
“It is important to remember that Australia has never had an outbreak of lumpy skin sickness (LSD), and remains free from this sicknesssaid Minister Watt.
“But the proximity of northern Australia to newly affected countries means we need to take the threat seriously, especially given the risk of infected mosquitoes being blown away by cyclonic winds.
“If wild buffalo populations and cattle in the vast rangelands of northern Australia were exposed to LSD, reservoirs of the virus could become established. If this were to happen, eradication would be extremely difficult.
“This new national plan will strengthen Australia’s ability to prevent, detect, prepare for and respond to any incursion.
“I am pleased that many of the 27 activities and eight objectives identified in the action plan are already underway.
The plan, developed through extensive engagement with government, industry and other stakeholders, sets national priorities for actions to strengthen Australia’s LSD biosafety; preparedness, including market access; response and recovery. It outlines the systems that need to be strengthened or put in place to support the Australian beef industries and effectively manage the risk of LSD.
It builds on the ongoing work between the Australian and Indonesian governments to help them in their sickness LSD and foot and mouth disease eradication efforts sickness. This includes providing resources such as vaccines and sending experts to help on the ground in Indonesia.
Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. More information on the action plan can be found here: www.agriculture.gov.au/