The Livestock Biosecurity Network (LBN) is an initiative of the Cattle Council of Australia, which has been joined by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and WoolProducers Australia.
It will be a network of industry extension officers operating throughout the states and the Northern Territory, with funding coming from the beef-cattle, sheepmeat and wool sectors.
After over two years in the making, the LBN now has its first Board of Directors and National Manager. These were endorsed at the company’s inaugural annual general meeting early in March.
LBN’s Independent Chairman, Mr David Palmer, welcomed the four other directors:
• Mr Grant Maudsley, Qld (beef-cattle expertise)
• Mr Hamish Munro, NSW (beef-cattle expertise)
• Ms Kate Joseph, Vic (sheepmeat expertise), and
• Mr Geoff Fisken, Vic (wool expertise).
Mr Palmer also welcomed the appointment of Mr Warren Clark as the company’s National Manager.
“I am extremely enthusiastic about the future of this initiative”, said Mr Palmer. “LBN’s primary role will be to create and disseminate a wide range of extension material on national policy for the health, welfare and biosecurity of livestock.”
“All four directors have long-running industry experience and have a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the importance of health, welfare and biosecurity in the livestock sectors. While this company will work outside the policy-making arena, the directors’ experience will prove invaluable.
“Warren Clark, who has been working in the meat and livestock sector for over 21 years with Australia Meat Holdings, the Poll Hereford Society, Herefords Australia and, more recently, Australian Rural Exports, has skills that will combine well with those of the board to ensure LBN takes maximum advantage of the opportunity provided to it by its funding providers”, said Mr Palmer.
Animal Health Australia has played a significant role in assisting with the development of the company.
“I would like to thank AHA for its input to date and look forward to working alongside it in developing and disseminating necessary material”, Mr Palmer said.
Mr Clark formally took up his position in Canberra last week. The Farm Biosecurity program has already commenced discussions with the LBN on the potential links and mutual support between the two initiatives.